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President's message 

Is Tedhnplogy 


Classroom Obsolete? 

At Mary Baldwin College, we recognize 
the critical importance of technology 
and are developing our capabilities in 
that direction. As you know, we have 
recently wired our entire campus for 
Internet service and upgraded our 
computer laboratories. We can now 
communicate with students by e-mail, 
use computers to enhance instruction, 
and make distance learning a reality. 

These possibilities are exciting, but 
it is important to point out that 
technology will never render the 
classroom setting, student activities and 
residence hall life obsolete. 1 believe 
that campus-based programs in which 
students interact with faculty and each 
other directly will continue to prove 
absolutely essential for traditional 
college-aged learners — namely, 18 to 
22-year-olds. While adult learners tend 
to focus on mastering particular subjects 
or earning degrees to advance their 
careers, 18- to 22-year-olds need to 
learn much more than academics if 
they are to be productive, responsible 
citizens. Those of us in higher education 
must work to develop in our graduates 
character and the ability to deal 
ethically with the challenges of the 
21st century. 

Why do we need to worry about 
this? Why not simply leave it to the 
parents and the school systems? Because 
at this point in our history we cannot 
afford the fiction that all families instill 

strong values or that all schools instill 
self-discipline and a sense of personal 
responsibility. Many students, even high 
achievers, admit cheating in high school. 
They excuse it by saying it's not a big 
deal, that getting good grades is more 

The best opportunity to turn this 
attitude around lies in the college years, 
when we can instill self-discipline and 
a sense of personal responsibility in our 
young people. And it is the smaller 
colleges with their personal approach 
that are best equipped to do so. Mary 
Baldwin's institutional culture has 
always centered on its students. Staff 
and faculty are committed to providing 
individual guidance and support to help 
young women grow into strong ethical 

Last spring Mary Baldwin College 
gained national attention for our 
commitment to our honor and judicial 
codes. At a time when other schools 
with honor codes are dealing with major 
infractions and large numbers of 
students conspiring to cheat on tests, 
Mary Baldwin felt it necessary to 
examine how well our own honor system 
is working. So we canceled classes for a 
day to talk about the issue, educate 
each other and explore how to make 
our system better. As a small college, 
we have the flexibility to do this. 

Our young people today are 
desperately seeking cultivation of the 
spirit. This cultivation of the spirit 
cannot take place electronically. It 
happens in the on-campus 
environment. For some at Mary 
Baldwin, it occurs through participation 
in local charitable organizations, 
student government or theatrical 
productions. For others, it happens in 
individual mentoring relationships with 
faculty or staff. Yet others explore 
spiritual issues formally through our 
Quest program, which combines 
academic study, service to others and 
exploration of one's own religious faith. 

Some of what we have done over 
the years to create our institutional 
character and learning environment has 
been deliberate, and some has been 
unintentional. Now, as we approach 
the end of the 20th century, our 
approach is, as a matter of necessity, 
becoming more and more intentional. 

Traditional, residential colleges are 
critically important to our society. Our 
future would be much poorer without 
them, and many young people would 
never live up to their potential. Our 
task is to work as hard as possible to 
ensure the future of such colleges, 
particularly women's colleges. 

Young people today are growing up 
in a very different world from that which 
I knew at their age. They are faced with 
issues of enormous challenge and 
complexity, and yet they live in the era 
of the sound bite. It is my job to hone 
the education offered by Mary Baldwin 
College both in and out of the 
classroom, to help students make sense 
of the complexities and learn how to 
make ethical decisions and judgments 
in confusing times. The values of the 
Golden Rule transcend generations, 
societal change and technological 
innovations. Mary Baldwin College 
must stand for constant values in a 
constantly changing world. 





il. 11, No. 2 Spring 1998 

litor: Sarah H. O'Connor 

rt Director: Gretchen L. Shiiman 

ssistant Editor: Michelle Hite 

ihlications Advisory Board: 

irah H. O'Connor, Gretchen L. Shuman 

le Caples '60, Dr. Brenda Bryant, 

enda Chandler, Jane Townsend, 

nn Malone Steele '72, Dr. James D. Lott, 

diaj. Petersson, Dr. Robert Reich, 

•. Celeste Rhodes, Dr. Kathleen Stinehart, 

•. Heather Wilson, Dr. Elizabeth Roberts 

i\'er photograph: a partially excavated 
idrosaur by Bruce Selyem/Museum 
the Rockies 

le Mar)' Baldwin Magazine is published 

ice a year by Mary Baldwin College, 

tice of College Relations, 

iiunton,VA 24401. 

) 540-887-7009 (0 540-887-7360 


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1 rights reserved.' 

iry Baldwin College does not 
criminate on the basis of sex (except 
tt men are admitted only as ADP and 
iduate students), race, national origin, 
lor, age or disability in Its educational 
>grams, admissions, co-curricular or other 
ivitjes, and employment practices. 
L|uiries may be directed to Dean of 
udents, Mary Baldwin College, 
aunn.n, VA 24401; 540-887-7028, 

i» puhllcatjim is printed on recycled paper. 

10 I Want to Be Me: 

Estelle Oldham Faulkner '17 

by Whitney Espich 
She would go on to be the wife of 
William Faulkner, but in 1915 she was 
a student at Mary Baldwin Seminary. 

12 Smith & Crowther 

What was it like to have two great 
writers all to ourselves for five days? 

16 Patient Excitement 

by Charles Culbertson 

Jack Homer's discoveries have shattered 

long-standing beliefs about dinosaurs. 


2 Campus News 

8 News Bytes 

25 Class Notes 

32 Chapters in Action 

Getting It Right 

In the Fall 1 997 issue of The Mar> Baldwin Magazine, we published a story saluting "Mary Baldwin's 
Main Building." In the article we credited Virginia Metalcrafters of Waynesboro, VA, for casting 

replacements of the terra cotta dogs, which guard the entrance to the college '.■; A 1 1 1 : i 

Bu i Id ing. Kenneth Lynch & Sons of Wilton, CT, cast the dogs, now known as lia mo J , . ; . . 
were replaced in 1960, not in the 1940s as reported in the article. 

letters to the editor 

Article Leads to Reunion 


In Hot Pursuit of 
the Song Tradition 

FALL, 1996 


Muipliy Divi> 7 1 kwpv [he f.bih 
in hcT buttle wich a rare cancCT 

Murphy's Law 

FALL, 1996 

I want to personally thank you for the 
story about Fletcher and Margaret 
Collins which was in last fall's edition 
[fall, 1996] of your magazine. Since 
1983 some of us have been interested 
in contacting some of our first teach- 
ers who came to Arthurdale with Miss 
Elsie R. Clapp in 1934 to set up the 
school system to this very first subsis- 
tence homestead project under the 
FDR administration. That article gave 
us our first lead, which resulted in the 
Collins' visit in August [1997]. It was 
a real reunion, especially for those of 
us who were high school students 
when we moved to Arthurdale. 

Glenna Williams 

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. 

Arthurdale, WV 

!n ]uly 1984, over 1 ,000 people from 
across the courxcry converged on Arlhur- 
dale, WV, for a 50th reunion of those 
associated with Arthurdale , a federally 
funded project to relocate displaced min- 
ers. The project, supported by Eleanor 
Roosevelt and presidential advisor Ber- 
nard Baruch, was designed to become a 
self-supporting community with its oifn 
school, community center and homes, 
h ultimately lost its funding and was 
disbanded in 1937. The 1984 reunion 
led to the formation of a preservation 
organization, Arthurdale Heritage, 
Inc., which began raising money to 
restore the original Arthurdale build- 
ings, collect memorabilia and record 
oral histories . The organization had been 
unable to locate former teacher Dr. 
Fletcher Collins until a member saw his 
article in The Mary Baldwin Maga- 
zine. In August 1997, Margaret and 
Fletcher Collins made their first trip 
back to Arthurdale, WV, since 1976. 
There they saw the newly restored com- 
munity center and had a chance to talk 
with four former students. 

Exceedingly Well Done 

Several months ago when 1 received 
for the first time a copy of The Mary 
BaldwinMagazine, 1 could hardly wait 
to call my Mary Baldwin College 
graduate daughter-in-law to tell her 
how very well done 1 thought it was. 
While I'm sure she was not surprised 
it was well done, she was probably 
pleased that her old father-in-law 
still had such perceptiveness and 
good judgment. 

More recently 1 received the fall 

issue of the magazine. If 1 thought (as 
I do) the previous issue was very well 
done, then the fall issue was exceed- 
ingly well done. What to do for an 

While 1 am by no means an ex- 
pert on publications, 1 did have during 
my previous life (corporate lawyer/ 
executive) some editing experience 
and some collateral/supervisory ex- 
perience with the difficulties of 
putting out a publication — from 
selection, layout, editing and print- 
ing problems to — on and on. 

1 also receive similar publica- 
tions from my alma mater, the alma 
mateis of my sons and daughtei, and 
from the private schools my grand- 
children attend. The Mary Baldwin 
Magazine thus far outdoes them all. 

Welford S . Farmer 
Midlothian, VA 

Inch by Inch 

In the fall 1996 issue of the MBC 
magazine, we printed a story about 
Murphy Dafis '71 , co-founder of a 
homeless shelter in Atlanta called The 
Open Door Community , and her battle 
with cancer. The following is an update 
written by her and published in her 
organi?:ation's newsletter Hospitality: 

My dad used to tell the story of 
the old guy who was found hitting 
himself on the head with a hammer. 
When they asked him why, he said he 
really enjoyed doing it because it felt 
so doggone good when he quit. 

This was the first thought that 
came to my somewhat sedated brain 
as I lay on the CAT scan table of 
Grady Hospital's third floor Radiology 
Unit on October 29th. 

Earlier in the month my routine 
CAT scan had showed a 2.5 
centimeter lymph node in my 
abdomen. That is not exactly what 
you call good news for somebody 
with a history of Burkitt's Lymphoma. 
With more than two years of good 
health since my surgery and 
chemotherapy, my oncologists had 
been more and more reassuring that 
a recurrence was unlikely. Not 
impossible, but highly unlikely. 

Big glitch. An enlarged lymph 
node at the exact site of the original 
tumors was cause for concern. My 
doctor and good friend Marilyn 
Washburn was on it like a feisty cat, 

burning up the phone lines between 
radiologists and oncologists. The 
oncologists wanted a biopsy right 
away, so it was arranged quickly. My 
wonderful oncologists. ..rehearsed 
for us 37 reasons not to be terribly 

October 29: A CAT scan-guid- 
ed needle biopsy to pull out a plug of 
tissue from the node that would be 
studied by the pathologists, who would 
scout for cancer cells and report back 
the next week. We showed up early in 
the morning and were greeted by our 
friends of the third floor. Marilyn was 
already there in her long white doc- 
tor's coat to watch over the whole 
thing. 1 had been there many times 
over the course of my illness for vari- 
ous tests and procedures . . . 

Lying on the table, I was vaguely 
aware of a shuffling in and out after 
the needle plunge. Then the voice 
over my head said in a very happy 
tone, "It's a blood vessel." It took a 
few minutes for them to get through the 
fog of my brain to communicate that 
what had presented itself to those many 
pairs of well-trained eyes as an enlarged 
lymph node was in fact an enlarged 
blood vessel. It is not a problem to have 
a large blood vessel in one's abdomen 
— sort of like an abdominal varicose 
vein — and it has nothing in the world 
to do with cancer! 

I've since been given to under- 
stand that when you've had very 
drastic abdominal surgery, as 1 had in 
'95, things continue to, shall we say, 
rearrange themselves. So 1 guess this 
blood vessel just sort of puffed itself 
up to take up some empty space where 
one organ or another used to be. 

So 1 immediately thought of the 
old guy hitting himself over the head 
with the hammer. It was, in fact, very 
sweet when it was over. We had not 
gotten bent out of shape over the 
whole thing, but it sure did make me 
think long and hard about what it 
would mean to continue to live with 
cancer; and about the many who do, 
day in and day out. 

Every day is a gift. There is noth- 
ing any mote clear than this. And I 
give thanks each day for the gift of life 
and health and strength; and for the 
many dear family members and 
friends, doctors, nurses and hospital 
staff who have carried me through. 

The Rei;. Murphy Davis '71 
Atlanta, GA 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 

Campus News is compiled by 
Communications Specialist Michelle Hite. 

The walls are coming down and 
the footers are going in. That's the latest on 
the $3.7 million rehabilitation and moderniza- 
tion of MBC's historic Administration Build- 
ing. TTie Main Building, as it was originally 
known, was erected in 1844, and its two wings 
were added in the 1850s. 

As the Administration Building's re- 
habilitation progresses, the general con- 
tracting firm of J. M. Turner of Roanoke is 
shoring up the entire building with stan- 
chions, removing crumbling bricks, rebuild- 
ing walls, and laying concrete footers for both 
the wings and the original building. Neither 
the original building nor the wings have 
footers (stone foundations that give the build- 
ing stability). The original building's base- 
ment-level walls are thick and solidly built of 
stone laid on packed clay. The walls of the 
wings, however, were less well constructed of 
brick, and the clay underneath was not as 
hard. This contributed to the outside walls of 
the wings gradually bowing out over the years. 
As some of these walls are being rebuilt with 
new brick, the old brick is being used as 

MBC Director of Auxiliary Services Allen 

Martin says, "The contractors are taking great 
pains to make the new work compatible with 
the historic nature of the building." 

In 1974, the Administration Building was 
recorded on the National Register of Historic 
Places upon nomination through the Virginia 
Historic Landmarks Commission. Two presi- 
dents of the United States, Staunton native 
Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower, 
have spoken firom its portico. 

The rehabilitation and preservation 
project will include some demolition, recon- 
struction, electrical upgrades, installation of a 
central heating and cooling system, interior 
decoration and furnishings. When completed, 
the building will again provide space for the 
offices of the president, dean of the college and 
admissions. There will also be space for a 
college history display, the Mary Baldwin 
Room, and a formal reception room. "Once 
we're done here," says Allen Martin, "we should 
be good for another 150 years." 

A committee, chaired by MBC Director 
of Special Gifts Nancy Mclntyre and includ- 
ing faculty, staff, students and alumnae, is 
planning an October 3, 1998, rededication 
ceremony for the Administration Building. 

The Mary Baldwih College Magazine • Spring 1998 

Twenty-five Students Win 
Nomination to IVIBC Chapter of 
Omicron Delta Kappa 

Twenty-five students and one faculty 
member were nominated for membership 
in Mary Baldwin's circle of Omicron Delta 
Kappa. The 1997-98 initiates included 13 
juniors, 12 seniors, and Dr. Jack Kibler, 
professor of psychology. 

In 1976, Mary Baldwin College 
became the first women's college in the 
United States to be granted a circle of the 
national leadership honor society Omicron 
Delta Kappa. Membership in ODK requires 
five qualifications: exemplary character, 
responsible community and college 
leadership and service, superiorscholarship, 
genuine fellowship, and devotion to 
democratic principles. Juniors and seniors 
who rank in the upper 35 percent of their 
class are eligible, as well as faculty and 
administrators who have shown 
outstanding service and achieved high 
distinction in their fields. 

Under tfie Silver Moon With The 
Ragtime Dolls 

In February, Mary Baldwin College's 1997-98 
performance dance group. The Ragtime Dolls, 
sponsored "An Evening Under the Silver 
Moon," celebrating the music, dances and 
dress of the 1920s. 

The 18-member Ragtime Dolls group 
demonstrated 1920s dances, including the 
Charleston and the Foxtrot, under the 
direction of Adjunct Instructor of Physical 
Education Irene Sarnelle. After each 
demonstration, dance participants joined 
in a brief how-to lesson and then showed 
off their skills to the music 
of a live band. 

Silent movie 
clips, an appearance 
by the Staunton 
Model A Antique 
Car Club and 
reflecting the 20s 
added to the flavor of 
the evening. 


Omicron Delta Kappa Initiates 


Kristina Arnold of Piano, TX 
Brooke A. Baldwin of Maylene, AL 
Marian M. Courie of Watkinsville, GA 
Laura L. Ellis of Portsmouth, VA 
Jennifer A. Floyd of Lexington, VA 
Meredith L. Hamilton of Jackson, TN 
Heather R. Kent of Waynesboro, VA 
Katharine M. Langlois of Lynchburg, VA 
Courtney E. Straw of Waynesboro, VA 
Anne B. Wagner of Chesapeake, VA 
Danette W. Wen of Burke, VA 
Aviva Raine Zohav ( ADP) of Kensington, MD 


Ubah F. Ansari of Manassas, VA 
Trimble L. Bailey of Roanoke, VA 
Shannon L. Baylis of Virginia Beach, VA 
Jessica K. Charles of Troutville, VA 
Jessamine Corey Dunn of Knoxville, TN 
Melissa Ford of Rappahannock Academy, VA 
Mallessa D. James of Naperville, IL 
Pamela M. Owens of Sykesville, MD 
Sarah E. Poston of Algood, TN 
Johnna E. Ruhr of Mililani, HI 
Sherri L. Sharpe of Axton, VA 
Rebecca A. Stevens of Cockeysville, MD 
Kathryn L. Vanney of Halifax, VA 


Dr. Jack Kibler, professor of psychology 

folk vocalist 
Deidra McCalla 

MBC Celebrates a Black History Month Extravaganza 

MBC's Black Student Alliance (BSA) kicked off the college's 
Black History Month celebrations with a community tea on 
February 5. The BSA joined MBC's Black History Month 
Committee to sponsor a variety of educational and multicultural 
events on campus in February. 

Poets Kwame Alexander and Toni Asante Lightfoot joined 

novelist Jitson Davidson in a discussion on the "State of Black 

Literature." The trio read from their works in "An Evening of 

Real Soul Food," which also featured musical selection by Hue. 

The college's annual Soul Food Banquet, held on February 12, 

focused on the theme "Stone Soul Picnic," and featured the music 

of Wallace Red and The Red Dots. The crowd-pleasing banquet 

included hot and spicy fried chicken, barbecued ribs, mixed 

beans, rice yeast rolls, cornbread desserts, old-fashioned bread pudding, bourbon 

sauce, sweet potato pie and coconut chess pie. 

On February 17, guitarist and folk vocalist Deidra McCalla presented a free 
concert at the Ham &. Jam Pub. McCalla, who has three critically acclaimed 
albums on Olivia Records, has performed in some of the country's best concert 
halls, including Carnegie Hall, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 
Atlanta's Center Stage and The Sheldon in St. Louis. 

On February 21, the college sponsored a Harlem Renaissance Ball in the 
Student Activity Center. The Gunnar Mossbald Big Band, featuring Stephanie 
Nakasian, performed dance music from the Harlem Renaissance Era. The Mary 
Baldwin College gospel choir, the Anointed Voices of Praise, joined area 
university gospel choirs in a "Gospel Extravaganza" at Staunton's First Presbyterian 
Church on February 28 to wrap up MBC's Black History Month celebrations. 

Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 



Mary Baldwin Inaugurates Two New Leadership Programs 

A.s part of a continuing strategy to offer the 
oest of leadership education for women, Mary 
Baldwin will inaugurate the Young Women's 
institute for Leadership (YWIL) program on 
;ampusinjune 1999. The leadership program, 
jpen to high school age students who have 
:ompleted ninth, 10th or 11th grade, will 
'onsist of one week of intensive leadership 

Dr. Virginia Francisco, MBC professor of 
:heatre and Margaret Hunt Hill Distinguished 
Chair in the Humanities, will direct the YWIL 
brogram. She says, "To strengthen their own 
eadership skills, students in MBC's Program 
for the Exceptionally Gifted and Virginia 
JComen's Institute for Leadership will serve 
IS mentors to YWIL participants." 

A limited enrollment will allow 
nstructors to offer one-on'one leadership 
:raining, including confidence building 
ixercises, creative problem solving, team 
:)uilding, networking, career planning and 
jse of the Internet. Participants will learn 
he value of service and plan an individual 
immunity service project to carry out in 

their hometowns or high schools. On a 
follow-up day in November, the young 
women will return to campus to discuss their 
service projects and evaluate their leadership 
training experience. 

In a related development, in July 1998 
Dr. Brenda Bryant, director of MBC's 
Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership, 
will conduct a planning conference to 
establish the Leadership Institute for Women 
at Mary Baldwin. She says, "Mary Baldwin 
has a history of innovative programs that 
offer a continuum of education, from teens 
in the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted 
to more mature students in Adult Degree 
Program. In establishing a leadership 
program for professional women, we will 
expand that educational continuum to 
include women's leadership training. We 
want MBC to be known as THE school for 
women's leadership training." 

For more information about these programs, 
contact Dr. Virginia Francisco at 540-887-703 1 
m Dr. Brenda Bryant at 540-887-7042. 

Marketing Students 
Take Top Honors 

Three Mary Baldwin students won first place in a 
1998 marketing case competition sponsored by 
the Richmond, VA, Chapterof the American Market- 
ing Association. The trio defeated other student 
teams from Richmond campuses, including the 
University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth 
University and MBC's Adult Degree Program Rich- 
mond Regional Center. 

MBC's team members included Kim Cordes, a 
junior marketing communications major from 
Hackensack, NJ; Lise Crawford, a senior business 
administration major from Eudora, AK; and Brooke 
Lawson, a junior marketing communications major 
from Radford, VA. The winners shared the $100 first 
prize and each received an engraved desk clock. 

The competition required each team to analyze a 
marketing topic and to produce a written analysis of 
the case situation. The topic, not announced until all 
teams had gathered at the University of Richmond 
library, was "Should Ritz-Carlton Hotels Seek to Im- 
prove on Their 97 Percent Customer Satisfaction 

Dr. Phil Sturm, MBC assistant professor of 
business administration and coordinator of the 
marketing communications program said, "Goingto 
school competitions is new for our marketing com- 
munications program. This team proved- that our 
students are well prepared and can compete at tlie. 
highest levels. Nextyearlhopetosend twoorthr-fe ■ 
teams to the competition." 

The Mary Baldwin CoLr.EOF. Magazine • Sprtno 1998 

VWIL Corps Marches in Richmond 
to Honor New Virginia Governor 

The Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership Corps of Cadets marched in the inaugural 
parade of The Honorable James S. Gilmore III, Governor of the Commonwealth. The 
inaugural festivities were held January 17 in Richmond and marked the first participation 
of the VWIL Corp in a state-sponsored event. 

faculty/staff highlights 

Dr. Jean Gilman Wins 6th Annual 
John Heinz Dissertation Award 

ADP Assistant Professor of Political Science 
Dr. Jean Donovan Gilman received the 6th 
Annual John Heinz Dissertation Award from 
the National Academy of Social Insurance in 
January. The award was presented during the 
10th Annual Social Insurance Conference in 
Washington, DC. 

Dr. Gilman wrote her dissertation, 
"Medicaid and the Cost of Federalism, 1984- 

1992," while a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Virginia. She has 
served on Mary Baldwin's ADP faculty since 1992. 

The Heinz Dissertation Award, which comes with a $1,000 
stipend, is supported by the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Fund of the 
Heinz Family Foundation. The award honors Senator John Heinz, 
who, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, helped chart the 
Social Security rescue effort in 1983 and worked tirelessly to insulate 
the social security trust funds from the rest of the federal budget. He 
was a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, 
established in 1986. 

The National Academy of Social Insurance is a nonprofit, 
nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering the knowledge and 
understanding of social insurance, health care financing, and related 
issues through research and education. 

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Robti 
Grotjohn presented two professional paf 
this spring. He spoke on "Whose Aesthei 
The Poetics of David Mura and Lawson Fu 
Inada" at the Northeast Modern Langu 
Association Conference in Baltimore, h 
in April. He presented his paper "How Frei 
Is It? Lyn Hejinian's M^ Life and Ecrii 
Feminine" at the 20th Century Literat 
Conference at the Univeristy of Louisv 
[Kentucky], in February. 

Assistant Professor of Health C 
Administration Dr. Jean Donovan Giln 

attended the Virginia Nurses' Associat 
biennial convention in Charlottesville, wl 
she presented her paper "No Wonder The 
Chaos: No One's In Charge of our He; 
Care System." 

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Roderic Ov 

presented his paper "Imagination, the A 
And Trading Tolerances" at a confere 
sponsored by Duke University's Kenan Et! 
Program in February. Dr. Owen joi 
Assistant Professor of Political Science 
Laura van Assendelft for a pa 
presentation at Virginia Military Institut 
February. The topic was "The Characte 
Contemporary Political Leadership: Do 
Get the Leaders We Deserve?" Faculty f 
Hampden Sydney College, VMI and Roar 
Colleae also participated. 

College Librarian Lis Chabot was sele 
to participate in the new mentoring pre 
of the Association of College and Rese 
Libraries. She has been matched with 
new librarian at Christopher New 
University, and will serve as her mento 
1998. Chabot also presented her p 
"Library Staff Roles in the Digital j 
Change and New Opportunities" at 
Virginia Library Association conferenc 
Old Dominion University in October. 

Director Becky Tyler coordinate 
USERNET 400 meeting last fall on can 
MBC hosted the one-day computer i 
group meeting for staff from Eas 
Mennonite University, Shenant 
University, Wesley Theological Semi 
and Mary Baldwin College. This was 
third time MBC has hosted the group mec 
since the users group was formed in 1 
Becky also spoke at two implement; 
management seminars sponsoret 
Computer Management Develop! 
Services in September and December, 
discussed the roles of user groups in soft 
conversion and implementation. 

I javid Koontz, ClSdesktopsupportspecialist, 
ceived ceitification in Microsoft TCP/IP 
ternetworking and in Ortronic's Category 
Wiring and Termination class, 

ssistant Professor of Art Paul Ryan chaired 
session titled "Writing Criticism in the 
ovinces," at the Southeastern College Art 
■ Driference in Richmond in October. 

ssociate Dean for ADP Dr. Kathleen 

tinehart participated in the Association of 
I |l/ginia Individualized Studies meeting and 
lie' American Council of Education's VIP 
( tnior Women's Seminar Series, both held 
I I October. 

I ! 

i ^sistant Professor of Art Dr. Sally James 

l9 presented her paper "The Collector, The 
oUection, and The Exhibition" on the 

I'arnerCollection of American Art during a 
: nuary meeting of the Richmond, VA, MBC 
5 lumnae Chapter. The meeting was held at 
[ e Virginia Museum in Richmond. 


( irector of Volunteers Jacquelyn Elliott- 
[ I'onderley '93 earned her master's degree 
ii education from James Madison University 
( January. She also served as a mentor to 

1 ary Baldwin PEG students in the Staunton 
1 _uith Leadership Institute. 

ofessor of History Dr. Ken Keller received 
zertificate of recognition from the national 
i li Beta Kappa honor society for 10 years of 
V rvice to the liberal arts and to Phi Beta 
i appa as an officer of the Lambda of Virginia 
i! hapter at Mary Baldwin. 


MBC Executive Director of Alumnae 
Activities Jane G. Kornegay '83 resigned 
in January and accepted a development 
associate position at East Carolina State's 
School of Medicine. Jane directed the 
Alumnae Activities Office since 1995, and 
had previously served in the MBC Admissions 

Sharon Spalding has been promoted to 
director of intercollegiate athletics and 
associate professor of health and physical 
education. She had been serving as acting 
director of athletics and head of the Physical 
and Health Education program during the 
fall semester. 

Alexandra Davis, a 1997 MBC graduate, 
joined the College Relations Office as a 
graphic designer in January. She replaced 
Brad Robison, who resigned in December to 
accept a position at Youngstown State 

Valerie Gangwer joined the Audio Visual 
Office staff as assistant director. She worked 
at WHSV TV 3 in Harrisonburg and served 
as senior assistant manager of Blockbuster 
Video for three years prior to joining the 
MBC staff 

Dr. Jim McCrory, professor of education, is 
the new director of MBC's summer Doshisha 
Cultural Immersion program, and Adjunct 
Instructor of English Alan Christy has been 
appointed director of the summer Sakae 

Professor of Asian Studies Dr. Daniel Metraux published his paper "The Political 
Fiction of Hugh MacLennan and the Politics of Quebec Nationalism" in the 
Canadian Review of Comparative Literature. He also published two book reviews in 
the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. His book The Lotus and the Flew De Lys: The 
Soka Gakkai Buddhist Moi;e7Tient in Quebec has been accepted for publication by the 
Edwin Mellen Press. 

"Love on Land," a short story by Associate Professor of English Rick Plant, was se- 
lected as runner-up in the second annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Competition. 
Rick's personal essay about "conversing" with his infant daughter was published in 
The Christian Science Monitor on October 2, as "A Daddy-Daughter Duet of Beeps and 

Associate Professor Emeritus of 
Political Science Dr. Frank R. 
Pancake helped coordinate the 
annual Woodrow Wilson 
Birthplace & Museum spring 
forum, an annual gathering of 
students and faculty from nine 

W area colleges, including MBC. 
The forum is held at the 

^^ birthplace of U.S. President 
^ Woodrow Wilson, a Staunton 
native. Dr. Pancake also is 
serving on the board ofdirectors 
of the Museum of American 
Frontier Culture in Staunton. 

news bytes 

4:30 a.m. Wake Up Call 
Begins Nulls' Rites of 

On Tuesday, February 1 0, at 4:30 a.m. , when 
most of us are just turning over for a few more 
hours of sleep, unsuspecting VWIL nulls 
[freshmen cadets in the Virginia Women's 
Institute for Leadership] were being awak- 
ened by upperclassmen to begin their Rites 
of Passage day. 

With only 20 minutes to get ready, the 
nulls assembled gear and headed off to MBC's 
Physical Activities Center. Led by upper- 
classmen and VWIL instructors, they com- 
pleted one and a half hours of physical training 
and breakfast, all before 6:45 a.m. 

At 7 a.m., the nulls were quizzed on 
VWIL rules, regulations and etiquette before 
attacking a "2,000 workout." With students 
side by side in a circular formation, push-ups 
and flutter kicks were counted off in a domino 

effect until the entire group reached 2,000. 
After the nulls had been sweating, grunting 
and working for about four hours, they em- 
barked on a 1 5-mile march through Staunton 
and Augusta County. 

The day's activities constituted the sec- 

ond Rites of Passage in VWIL's three-year 
history. The freshmen must survive the gru- 
eling day in order to leave behind their 
"null" status and freshmen restrictions and 
become regular members of the VWIL corps. 
After an inclusion ceremony, the nulls joined 
upperclass VWIL cadets for dinner in the 
Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall. 

In a media frenzy resembling the inau- 
guration of the VWIL program at MBC, 
reporters from Charlottesville's NBC affil- 
iate, WVIR TV 29, joined newspaper re- 
porters from Richmond, Roanoke, 
Waynesboro and Staunton to cover the 
nulls' initiation day. 

Those Too Young to Remember the Man Gather to Share Dr. King's Vision 

In January, MBC students too young to 
remember Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. joined 
with Staunton residents to honor the slain 
civil rights leader and his vision of racial 
peace. Ranyne Herbert, president of MBC's 
Black Student Alliance, was one of those 
marching in Staunton's annual Candlelight 
March for Peace and Civil Rights on January 
19. She said, "Without Dr. King, I wouldn't 
be able to stand here today as a Mary Baldwin 
student. I'm glad so many people in the 
community have come to honor his memory." 
The peace march, followed by a memorial 

service for King in Staunton's Augusta Street 
United Methodist Church, is sponsored each 
year by Mary Baldwin College and the 
Staunton Chapter of the NAACP. 

Dr. Edward A. Scott, associate professor 
of philosophy and pastor of the Allen Chapel 
A.M.E. church, led the memorial service. He 
said, "We must take Rev. King's dream and 
live it. He reminded people to sing songs and 
to combine action with speech. Rev. King's 
song has not ended and the struggle is not 
over. We must rededicate out lives to living in 


For the first time, the annual King 
Memorial Service included a presentation by 
the winner of MBC's Martin Luther King Jr. 
Oratorical Contest. The winner, Randall 
Fitzpatrick, a sixth-grader at Staunton's 
Thomas Dixon Elementary School, received 
a standing ovation for his recitation of one of 
King's speeches. Mary Baldwin students served 
as forensic coaches for the contestants, who 
each had to present a four- to six-minute 
oration from one of King's sermons or speeches. 
The contest was open to all Staunton-area 
sixth through ninth graders. 

The Mary Baldwin College Magazin 

BC's 9th Carpenter Conference 
ickles Alternative Medicine 

L Road More-Often Traveled: Alternative 
edicine" was the topic for the 9th Carpenter 
inference, scheduled for Friday, May 8, on campus, 
xording to Dr. .Steven Mosher, director of MBC's 
irpenter Health Care Program, "Evidence reveals 
at health care consumers are increasingly turning 
alternative and complementary medicines and 
srapies. Although research regarding many such 
jdalities is still in its infancy, traditional 
actitioners and payers alike are cautiously 
ibracing them." 

MBC's ninth annual Carpenter Conference 
amined alternative medicine from a variety of 
rspectives, including that of an anthropologist, a 
ictitioner and a consumer. 

Presenters included Dr. Linda A. Camino, a 
;dical anthropologist and independent 
nsultant; Dr. Arvilla Payne-Jackson, associate 
Dfessor of sociology and anthropology at Howard 
diversity; Dr. Marissa J. Benavente, associate 
jfessor of family practice at the University of 
rginia and a private practitioner; Dr. Ann Gill 
lylor, professor of nursing and director of the 
:nter for the Study of Complementary and 
temative Medicine at U VA; and Jay V. Garriss, 
;sident and chief executive officer of QualChoice 

The conference addressed alternative medicine's 
lire healing paradigms, folk medicine and etiology 
d treatment for selected illnesses. 

The Carpenter Health Care Conference is a 
e-day multi-disciplinary conference sponsored 

MBC's Health Care Administration and 
iparation for Ministry Programs, which are both 
ided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter 
undation. The annual event draws capacity 
3wds to the campus, including health care 
jfessionals, consumers, health administrators, 
iurance professionals, government policy makers, 
d MBC faculty, staff and students. 

MBG Seniors: 

; Living it and 

Loving it . . . 

^ Texas Style! 



On February 15, the eve of 
98 days until graduation, 
MBC's Class of 1998 
gathered to enjoy their 
senior dinner — Texas style. 
"Living it and Loving it . . . 
Texas Style" was the theme 
of the celebration, and 
students and guests donned 
their southwestern best to 
join in the fun. Special guest 
speaker was Mary Sue 
Shields Koontz Nelson '53 
of Placedo, TX. 

Susan A. Vladuchick: 1998 Smyth Business Leadership Lecturer 

Susan A. Vladuchick, director of operations 
- U.S. region and vice chair for operations 
network for the DuPont Company in 
Wilmington, DE, spoke during the second 
Smyth Business Leadership Lecture March 
24 on campus. She discussed her 27-year 
career with DuPont and its international 
headquarters in Delaware. She also met with 
various groups of students and faculty to discuss 
a variety of topics, including human relations 
trends, business careers for students with 
technical degrees and what college recruiters 
for large corporations seek in female college 

Ms. Vladuchick joined DuPont in 1969 
as a chemist in the Central Research 
Department, where she did exploratory 
synthetic organic research in the area of 
thiacyanocarbon and diazonium chemistry. 
She has also worked in human resources, 
manufacturing and integrated operations 
during her DuPont career. In 1989, she was 
named plant manager of the Cape Fear Dacron 
plant in Wilmington, NC, and in 1992 she 
became director of manufacturing — specialty 
chemicals. From 1995 to 1997, she held the 
position of director of human development 
and personnel relations before being named 

to her current position. 

Vladuchick received her B. S. in 
chemistry from Grove City College and her 
M.Ed, in chemistry education from the 
University of Delaware. She has numerous 
patents and has written for a variety of 

The Smyth Business Leadership 
Lecture Series was established in 1997 
through the generosity of the Smyth 
Foundation, an organization founded by 
H. Gordon Smyth, former DuPont senior 
vice president for employee relations, and 
his wife Mary Beth Smyth (MBC 1947). 

I Want to Be Me: 

Estelle Oldham Faulkner '17 

The Oxford Eagle ran this simple announcement on 
December 18, 1913: "Misses Janette E. Stowers and Estelle 
Oldham, who have been attending Mary Baldwin College, 
are home to spend Christmas." That announcement and a 
faded report card are all the printed documentation we have 
of Estelle Oldham's life at Mary Baldwin. 

Lida Estelle Oldham of Oxford, Mississippi, who later 
became wife of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner, 
attended Mary Baldwin Seminary until 1915. Estelle, as she 
preferred to called, later described the Mary Baldwin she 
remembered as "a small southern school for about 
150 girls." 

Estelle enrolled at Mary Baldwin at least in 
part due to her Presbyterian father's wish to 
separate her from her high school sweetheart , 
William Faulkner. The seminary's single- 
sex environment, however, did not suit 
Estelle. Indeed, she declared that she "could 
not stand being shut in with a lot of 
females." But according to William 
Faulkner biographer Joel Williamson, 
"Estelle did well during her first year at 
Mary Baldwin. Predictably, she excelled in 
piano, improved steadily in English grammar 
and composition, and had only minor 
difficulties with mathematics." And her 
report card supports his conclusions. 

During Estelle's stint at Mary Baldwin, 
young William Faulkner remained in Oxford 
sending letters and sketches to Estelle and awaiting 
her return to Oxford on vacation. Her father's plan for 
reducing Faulkner's influence was working, but not as he 
had envisioned. Estelle, already a beauty, found other 
diversions in Charlottesville. Recalling her early days in 
Staunton, Mrs. Faulkner said that when [MBC students] 
went to Charlottesville on weekends, two girls had to go 
together with a teacher as a chaperon. "We would always 
bring our French teacher with us who was definitely an 
alcoholic," she said. "We would get our loves back then to 
buy her big bottle of Pernod — her favorite for the weekend 
— and then we would have a grand time at the fraternity 
parties." The girls always stayed at the Queen Charlotte 
Hotel with "Mademoiselle." Estelle was 16 years old when 
she enrolled at Mary Baldwin and attended parties at the 
University of Virginia, but she said the "girls were much 
more mature then, especially in the South." 

Despite "grand times" in Charlottesville, Estelle did not 

Estelle Oldham married 

novelist William 

Faulkner in 1929. 


stay long at Mary Baldwin Seminary, returning to Oxford in 
early 1915. 

Later in life, Mrs. Faulkner would see the value of Mary 
Baldwin's single-sex environment. A 1972 interview with 
the then widow of one of America's greatest novelists 
reports, "The former Mary Baldwin student said that she 
does not approve of coeducation. 'Boys and girls would have 
more of a thrill at seeing each other if they were segregated 
in schools,' she commented." 

And she has passed similar beliefs down to her own 
daughter. Says Mrs. Summers, a graduate of Pine 
Manor and resident of Charlottesville, VA, 
"Both mother and father insisted that I go to 
a girl's school, and I certainly tell my own 
grandchildren the same thing!" 

Back in Oxford, Estelle enrolled 

in the University of Mississippi, taking 

philosophy, psychology and literature 

courses. Shortly after her return, she 

married Oxford lawyer Cornell Franklin 

(an appropriate match according to her 

parents in 1919), moved to China, 

divorced and then married William 

Faulkner in 1929. "We both had a 

common love of books and poetry," said 

Estelle. "I guess 1 was always in love with 

Bill (Mr. Faulkner). The happiest years of 

my life were with him in Mississippi." 

Estelle would not return to Virginia until 
1956, when her husband began teaching at the 
University of Virginia. Her daughter, Jill Faulkner 
Summers, remembers visiting Staunton with her mother in 
those days. "We did go back to Staunton, and drove all 
around town and looked at the school. Of course, as is usual 
on those sorts of trips, mother was very surprised by how 
different everything was — Mary Baldwin was so much 
bigger than in her memory." 

Volumes have been written about William Faulkner, 
but there is little public information about his wife. We do 
know that she was a painter and writer in her own right, 
exhibiting and selling works of art while living in 
Charlottesville, and struggling to be more than a famous 
wife. "I suffer dreadfully from the hardship of being Mrs. 
William Faulkner," said the widow of the famous novelist. 
"1 want to be me." 

Mrs. Lida Estelle Oldham Faulkner died in 1972 at the 
age of 75. 

Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College MagaziniI 

Smith cSr'Crowther 

what was it like to have two great 
writers all to ourselves for five days? 

Le e Smith — 


The Bubba Stories 

Even now when I think of my brother 
Bubba, he appears instantly just as he 
was then, rising up before me in the very 
flesh, grinning that one-sided grin, 
pushing his cowlick out of his tawny 
eyes, thumbs hooked in the loops of his 
white jeans, Bass Weejuns held together 
with electrical tape, leaning against his 
green MGB. Lawrence Leland Christian 
III — Bubba — in the days of his glory, 
Dartmouth College, ca. 1965. Brilliant, 
Phi Beta Kappa his junior year. The 
essence of cool. The essence not only of 
cool but ofbad, for Bubba was a legendary 
wild man in those days; and while certain 
facts in his legend varied, this constant 
remained: Bubba would do anything. 

I was a little bit in love with him 

I made Bubba up in the spring of 
1963 in order to increase my popularity 
with my girlfriends at a small women's 
college in Virginia. 1 was a little bit in 
love with them, too. But at first I was ill 
at ease among them: a thistle in the rose 
garden, a mule at the racetrack, 
Cinderella at the fancy dress ball. Take 
your pick — I was into images then. 
More than anything else in the world, I 
wanted to be a writer. I didn't want to 
learn to write, of course. I just wanted to 

be a writer, and I often pictured myself 
poised at the foggy edge of a cliff 
someplace in the south of France, 
wearing a cape, drawing furiously on a 
long cigarette, between two men. Both 
of them wanted me desperately. 

But in fact I was Charlene Christian, 
a chunky size 12, plucked up from a 
peanut farm near South Hill, Virginia, 
and set down in those exquisite halls 
through the intervention of my senior 
English teacher, Mrs. Bella Hood, the 
judge's wife, who graduated from the 
school herself. I had a full scholarship. I 
would be the first person in my whole 
family ever to graduate from college, 
unless you counted my Aunt Dee, who 
got her certificate from beauty college in 
Richmond. I was not going to count 
Aunt Dee. I was not even going to 
mention her in later years, or anybody 
else in my family. I intended to grow 
beyond them. I intended to become a 
famous hoUowcheeked author, with 
mysterious origins. 

from Lee Smith, News of The Spirit, 
(G.D. Putnam's Sons, 1997) 

Four paragraphs and she's got you. You 
want to know if her friends find out that 
Bubba is a fictional character, if Charlene 
becomes a famous writer. That is the ma^c 
of a good storyteller. She catches you in her 
web, and you do not want to escape. 

Author Lee Smith and her husband, 
journalist Hal Crowther, are the 1997-98 
Doenges Visiting Artists . The Elizabeth K. 
Doenges program was established in memory 
of Elizabeth "Liddy" Kirkpatrick 
Doenges' 63. Her vision was to bring 
annually to campus distinguished 
professionals and scholars in the visual, 
literary and performing arts . 

Lee Smith — 



While on campus in November, Hal 
Crowther and Lee Smith gave a public 
reading, visited classes and met with groups 
of students. They willretumforhAay Term. 
Rick Plant, MBC associate professor of 
English, had this report on Smith's visit to 
his class: 

I've been in the college teaching game 
long enough to know what a rare and 
valuable opportunity this is: to have the 
novelist herself in class fielding students' 
questions about a book — her book — 
which they've just read and discussed. 
Rare and valuable and, for the professor, 
maybe a little fearsome, too. (What if 
the interpretation I've been 
energetically teaching over the last two 
weeks is . . . well, wrong?) My fear was 
compounded last fall when Lee Smith, 
asked if she could borrow my copy of 
her first novel, The Last Day the 
Dogbushes Bloomed, to reread prior to 
meeting my English 100 class. "Of 
course," 1 said. Besides being a gifted 
novelist, Lee Smith is the embodiment 
of graciousness and Southern charm. 
How could 1 refuse such a benign 
request? But as 1 handed over my well- 
read text, 1 wondered how Ms. Smith 
would react to the story messily 
surrounding her own; my reader's 
marginalia: my underlinings, notes and 
professional insights creeping across 
the pages — her pages — on their 
spidery grey legs. 

The students were excited to have 
Smith there. One mark of her novel's 
success in engaging them was their 
unabashed eagerness to follow its 
characters (nine-year-old Susan, her 
older sister Betty, their newly divorced 
parents) beyond the confines of the 
book, as thf jugh they were actual people 

rather than fictional constructs. "Does 
she ever see her mother again?" one 
student asked. "Does Betty marry Tom 
Cleveland after all ?" Once our attention 
turned to more structural elements of 
the book, the slightly dreaded moment 
arrived. "What's the significance of 
yellow?" one student asked. "Yeah," Ms. 
Smith agreed, "how about that? As 1 
reread the book last night, 1 noticed 
that your professor had circled all these 
references to yellow." 1 grinned 
sheepishly. And then — wonderfully, 
thankfully — she proceeded to explore 
with us the young narrator's association 
with the yellow sun, the yellow flowers 
her mother picks, her sister's yellow 
hair, and the yellow dress she herself 
dons in the novel's final sentence. The 
professor was "redeemed!" More 
importantly, she illuminated some of 
the challenges a novelist faces in 
embodying an abstract vision in the 
concrete medium of language, and 
heightened our awareness of the faith a 
skillful writer invests in skillful and 
attentive readers. 

Of course, the students' interest in 
"what happens next?" did not entirely 
dissipate. By semester's end, several 
weeks after the classroom visit from 
Lee Smith, one of the Basic Comp 
students told me that she'd purchased 
Ms. Smith's second novel, Somethingin 
the Wind, and was looking forward to 
following the protagonist's further 
adventures (now "Brook," and 17 years 
old) over Christmas break. For me, this 
was more than a delightful postscript 
to the Lee Smith visit: it was a 
wonderfully concrete testament to her 
success in prompting what we all hope 
will occur by the end of our 13-week 
semester, that our students' interest 

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Hal Crowther 

Culture Critic 

At the end of five long days of 
classroom visits and a public 
reading, journalist and Doenges 
Visiting Artist Hal Crowther said 
he was going home and not talk 
for three days. A man of 
impressive credentials [Columbia 
School of journalism, Time, 
Newsweek], Crowther writes a 
column that is syndicated in over 
1 00 newspapers nationwide. To 
the Mary Baldwin community, 
Crowther brought an invigorating 
combination of erudition and 
straight talk, delivered with 
graciousness and modesty. 

Secrets of the Cultural Elite 

by Hal Crowther 

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural 
life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments , when 
serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, 
in short, a people become an audience and their public business 
a vaudeville act, then a ruxtion finds itself at risk; culture-death 
is a clear possibility . 
— Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death 

The death of a culture is a lot like the death of a tree. 
There's no heart-stopping moment when the line on the 
monitor goes flat. Each season there are more dead limbs. 
The foliage grows mangy, the bark turns dry and scaly, 
creatures burrow deep inside and eat away at the heart. 
The tree's profile changes, its roots contract. And then 
one spring there are no new leaves. 

Tree surgeons make a science of identifying patients 
that are past saving, and putting them out of their misery 
before that final, silent spring. There are no physicians to 
minister to a dying culture. Just a thousand diagnosticians, 
each pointing to a different symptom that indicates the 
end is near. 

Pat Robertson preaches that an epidemic of 

homosexuality will usher in the final days; it says so in the 
Bible. Me, I began to say my kaddish for the culture when 
the vice president attacked the audience and producers of 
a silly television program as America's "cultural elite" — 
and the nation laughed for the wrong reasons. Mr. Quayle 
drew the usual catcalls for being so fatally uncool, and the 
media began a straight-faced debate about the political 
influence of Hollywood "elitists." 

No one suggested that the American cultural spectrum 
might still stretch for some distance on the highbrow side 
of "Murphy Brown." Or that out there, on that road less 
traveled, there might be lonely bands of snobs who find 
bladder surgery a less painful experience than a half-hour 
of staccato close-ups and actors with harsh urban accents 
shouting pseudo-hip one-liners over a laugh track. 

In the spirit of full disclosure, I confess that I am one 
of those haughty ultra-elitists who fails to find cultural 
nourishment on network television. At the risk of some 
kind of cultural excommunication, I further confess that I 
haven't watched a commercial TV program in 15 or 16 
years. But I've seen 60-second samples of these 
contemporary comedies during commercial breaks in the 
Braves' games, flying blind with my remote control. I 


The Mary Baldwin College Magazi: 

thought this one Quayle immortalized was awful — banal, 
brassy, false-hearted and infuriating with some kind of 
insider smugness that I'm too far outside to understand. If 
this program is the guilty pleasure of the cultural elite, we 
are lost. 

If this is snobbery, make the most of it. I don't apologize 
for despising television. I survived a five-year hitch as a 
television critic and I feel, like a member of Vietnam 
Veterans Against the War, that I earned the right to my 
opinion. Snobs and highbrows are easy targets to hit, but 
the word "snob" takes on a different meaning during a 
period of cultural disintegration. A snob may be someone 
who remembers standards and aesthetic principles that 
previous generations took seriously. 

If you believe you have any taste, any discernment in 
any area, nurture it. Wear it proudly. Share it with your 
children. Don't be obnoxious about your standards, but be 
stubborn, be strict. Keep the flame alive. When a culture 
is in danger of dying, snobs are its most precious natural 

It surprises and amuses me to find myself on the upscale 
side of the cultural Great Divide. Back-country-bred and 
culturally disadvantaged as a boy, I became, defensively, a 
determined lowbrow of a type common to ballparks and 
sports bars. My taste in music, running to blues and 
bluegrass, is distinctly blue-collar. Even as a salaried critic 
of cultural events I took an Everyman position that one 
well-stuffed shirt described as "belligerently proletarian." 

I established my ground and held it. But the cultural 
water table keeps dropping and I find, like many of my 
friends and role models, that the low ground we held is 
becoming an aerie. We are becoming mandarins by default. 
Anyone who reads above the 1 2th-grade level and avoids 
"Geraldo!" has joined the new "cultural elite." 

The reading and writing skills of the high school class 
of 1991 were the poorest in the history of the SAT 
examinations. With educational standards in free fall, with 
students increasingly segregated as much by class and 
income as they ever were by race, with politicians scheming 
to abandon public education, it's hard to see where a 
cultural renaissance is going to begin. Yesterday's outrage 
is tomorrow's commonplace. There are TV commercials 
in American classrooms now, and the president of Yale 
University quit his job to work for the man who put them 

Sixty percent of American households purchased no 
books in 1991 — not a cookbook, not a sex manual, nada. 
Of the 40 percent who were up to the challenge of printed 
material, only a third were up to anything besides "popular 
fiction" — the stuff with women in torn dresses on the 
cover and castles burning in the background. Only two 
percent of the books Americans purchased were texts that 
a sneering elitist like me would acknowledge as "books" — 
literature, poetry, art, history, non-tabloid biography. 

America's literary and intellectual talent is aiming its 
best efforts at a tiny, shrinking fragment of the population. 
The largest single bloc of these readers, ominously, is "over 

The Mary Baluwin College Magazine • Sjtiing 1998 

65." An impressive performance for a serious book is 30,000 
copies sold. Others do better. Self-serving celebrity rubbish 
can be a gold mine. Lee lacocca's autobiography, at 2.6 
million, was the best-selling general interest hardcover in 
recent history. Toxic neo-fascist rubbish sells almost as well, 
if it's written in a breezy, accessible style. The Way Things 
Ought CO Be, a tract by radio hate-peddler Rush Limbaugh, 
recently became the best-selling hardback in Pocket Books' 
history — 725,000 copies. Cormac McCarthy, widely 
regarded as the most gifted American novelist, had 
published five novels before his total sales hit 30,000. 

Thomas Jefferson based all his hopes for democracy 
on universal literacy. How could he foresee a republic that 
would founder not with illiterates but with alliterates — 
an American majority that can read, but chooses not to? 
In this ebb tide of civilization, this general route, how much 
sympathy can we spare for the orphaned readers of The 
New Yorkerl An era ended this summer when the last high- 
brow magazine to maintain itself in the marketplace was 
bound over to Vanity Fair's Tma Brown, the crowned queen 
of celebrity journalism (the perfect oxymoron if there ever 
was one). 

It was like hearing that your grandmother was going 
to pose for Playboy — "Girls of the AARP." I don't know 
how much harm Brown can do. Some of The New Yorker's 
profiles have been so long and boring I was sure they were 
a mad editor's joke on his readers, and at times the 
magazine's taste in fiction — variations on Franny and Zooey 
— seemed 30 years out of date (they told a friend of mine 
that they'd love to publish her stories if she'd write about a 
better class of people). But now this quiet, tasteful reading 
room designed by William Shawn is being redecorated by 
an editor whose famous covers featured nude, obese and 
pregnant celebrities, in all combinations. 

To an alien cultural observer like the ones we used to 
meet on "Star Trek," America presents an almost unbroken 
landscape of vulgarity, venality and violence. The Three 
V's should be stamped on our coins, along with a new 
variation of the national motto: E Pluribus Nihil. Count on 
an elitist to remember his Latin. 

It's no simple matter to assign blame for this terminal 
state of affairs, but it's easy to see who profits from it. TV is 
at its lowest, with its daytime talk shows (Oprah: "Women 
whose best friends had bigger breasts") and sex-game shows 
that mate lowing Middle Americans as if they were so many 
cows or pigs, is so outrageously vulgar that it defies satire, 
beggars indignation. It's like the grossest Monster Baby/ 
Elvis Lives supermarket tabloid come to life. It courts the 
brain-dead for profit and makes no pretense about it. But 
it's the music industry, where adults seldom trespass, that 
truly gets away with murder. 

Everyone knows that teenagers, half mad with high- 
test hormones in the best of times, are angry, confused, 
alienated and imperiled in these times of imploding families 
and vanishing value systems. Probably the first measure of 
decency among adults is whether we try to help these kids 
or try to make money from their predicament. By that 

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id Horner, who served in February as Mary Baldwin College's Mary Emily Humphrey: 


Horner Strikes Paydirt Digging for Dinosaurs 

Charles Culbertson 

Anyone who's ever scanned the ground 
looking for arrowheads knows there's a 
trick to it. You have to keep the overall 
size, shape and color in your mind's eye 
in order to recognize them lying among 
twigs, leaves, blades of grass and ordi- 
nary rock debris. 

Much the same technique is em- 
ployed for spotting the fossilized remains 
of extinct creatures, and perhaps no one 
has mastered it better than John R. 

Homer — author, curator of pale- 
ontology at Montana State University's 
Museum of the Rockies, inspiration for 
the hero of Steven Spielberg's ]urassic 
Park — has shaken and amazed the 
scientific world with his discoveries of 
dinosaur remains. From dinosaur eggs 
and clutches of young to full-grown 
meat-eaters and entire herds of the ex- 
tinct beasts. Homer's discoveries have 
not only helped shape current ideas 
regarding dinosaurs, but have shattered 
some long-standing and erroneous be- 

"It's like detective work," said 
Homer, who served in February as Mary 
Baldwin College's Mary Emily 
Humphreys Lecturer and Phi Beta Kappa 
Visiting Scholar. "The more evidence 
you uncover, the closer you probably 
are to the truth." 

Getting to the truth has been a 
lifelong pursuit for Homer. He grew up 
in the oil boom town of Shelby, Mon- 

tana, and from an early age found him- 
self exposed to the state's desolate wastes 
where, 100 million years ago, dinosaurs 
roamed through what had been a coastal 

"I first got interested in dinosaurs 
and looking for their remains when 1 
was about seven years old," he said. "My 
father remembered that a bunch of bones 
had been sticking out of the ground on 
a ranch he owned, so he took me there 
to look around. It was there that 1 col- 
lected my first dinosaur bone, which 
today sits on my desk." 

For Homer, that first discovery had 
an electrifying effect — so much so that 
he never seriously considered spending 
his life any other way. And he hasn't. 
After a stint at the University of Mon- 
tana, he tried to settle down in Shelby 
to mn the family sand-and-gravel plant 
with his brother. Crushing rocks, how- 
ever, held no interest for him. 

"I couldn't manage to corral the 
enthusiasm I had for dinosaurs and ap- 
ply it to this way of making a living," he 

Homer started casting around for a 
job in a natural history museum — ap- 
plying to all of them in the 
English-speaking world, he said wryly 
— and finally landed a job as a prepara- 
tor at Princeton University. Still, this 
wasn't precisely what he had in mind for 
himself. Preparators, he said, essentially 
clean up other people's finds, and Homer 

wanted to do the finding. 

Which is precisely what he did. 
Working independently of Princeton, 
Homer utilized vacation time to comb 
the wilds of his native Montana in search 
of dinosaurs. In 1978, while browsing 
through a tourism and gift shop in 
Choteau, he and his partner, the late 
Bob Makela, were shown a coffee can 
full of small dinosaur bones that had 
been found nearby. Homer quickly iden- 
tified them as the bones of several baby 
dinosaurs — an exciting development 
since the remains of young dinosaurs 
were extremely rare. 

What followed was even more ex- 
citing. Homer and Makela traveled to 
the site and discovered an entire nest of 
baby dinosaurs. The bones of 15 three- 
foot-long creatures were excavated from 
a salad bowl-shaped depression which 
had been dug out by the mother dino- 
saur and used to birth her young. Why 
the babies died is unknown, but after 
they did, the hole was filled in with 
mudstone from a spring flood and the 
bones fossilized over millions of years. 

The bones represented a major 
breakthrough for Homer and the scien- 
tific community. It was the first time 
anyone had uncovered a nest of baby 
dinosaurs. More than that, however, 
the find indicated for the first time that 
dinosaurs nurtured their young in nests. 

"This kind of behavior, unheard of 
in dinosaurs, was probably the most 

'hi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. "The more evidence you uncover, the closer you probably are to the t/yth." 

Tyrannosaurus Rex site, 1990 

startling discovery to come out of that 
dig," wrote Homer in his book, Digging 
Dinosaurs. "If dinosaurs, even just some 
species of dinosaur, had acted like birds 
and reared their young in nests, caring 
for them and bringing them food, this 
was a bit of information that would 
profoundly change our sense of what 
sort of creatures these ancient reptiles 

They named the babies Maiasaura 
peeblesorum. Homer said the species 
name, peeblesorum, comes from the fam- 
ily who owned the land — Peeble. 
Maiasaura, he noted, comes from the 
Greek and means, "Good mother liz- 

It was the beginning of a wild pale- 
ontologic ride for Horner. With funding 

from Princeton, he returned to the harsh 
Montana countryside to identify eight 
more dinosaur nests. These nests were 
significant because they all had been 
prepared by mother dinosaurs in prox- 
imity to one another during the same 
nesting season. This, Homer said, could 
only mean that the mother maiasaura 
had gathered together, created their 
nests, laid their eggs and raised their 
young in a colony. Nothing like it had 
ever been discovered before. 

Between 1978 and 1983, Homer 
led his team to discover 14 nests, 42 
dinosaur eggs, at least three nesting 
grounds and 3 1 babies. But perhaps the 
most spectacular find was yet to come. 

Working in Montana in 1984, 
Homer and his team discovered the 

single tomb of as many as 10,000 dino- 
saurs. The graveyard extended a mile 
and a quarter east to west, and a quarter 
mile north to south. Homer judged from 
the concentration of bones in various 
test pits that there could be as many as 
30 million fossil fragments in the area. 
What had happened to these dinosaurs? 

"An enormous volcanic eruption," 
Homer said. "We found them buried 
beneath a layer of volcanic ash. They 
died from the ash, the heat and the 
gasses. So did any predators in the area, 
which is why the bones we found weren't 
crushed and chewed up." 

Despite Homer's growing fame as 
one of the world's leading paleontolo- 
gists, Princeton University's support was 
minimal. In 198 2, Homer left Princeton 
for Montana State University, more 
funding and a chance to work closer to 

Since that time, Horner has contin- 
ued to shed light on one of the most 
fascinating periods in Earth's history 
and the gargantuan creatures that ruled 
it. His 1983 discovery of 19 fossilized 
dinosaur embryos marked a first in the 
scientific world, and the additional un- 
earthing of nesting colonies added yet 
more evidence to the "good mother 
lizard" theory. 

Horner's discoveries also lent cre- 
dence to the assertion — forwarded by 
scientists since the late 1960s — that at 
least some dinosaurs were warm- 
blooded. The rapid growth of the 
maiasaurs, for example, as evidenced by 
Horner's find of every stage of develop- 
ment from embryo through adulthood, 
showed the creatures were probably 
warm-blooded. Cold-blooded animals 
do not mature so rapidly. 

"None of the dinosaurs were rep- 
tiles," he said. 

What ? The Great Lizard of 1 00 mil- 
lion years ago wasn't really a lizard? 
Homer pointed out that it all depends 
on how you define reptile. 

"Here's a good exercise," he said. 
"Define a mammal. In other words, what 
is it that mammals have that no other 
animals have?" 

The answer: hair and mammary 

"Now, birds," he continued. "What! 
is the single characteristic birds have 
that no other animal has?" 

Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


"So," continued Horner, "what does 
a reptile have that no other animal has? 
Well, you can't come up with a defining 
characteristic because there isn't one. It 
was a group that was invented, unfortu- 
nately, without defining characteristics, 
and none of the baggage attached to the 
term 'reptile' applies to dinosaurs." 

Horner remains intensely active in 
the search for knowledge about dino- 
saurs, although he no longer has to 
personally wield digging tools and haul 
tons of dirt from work sites. His day, he 
said, consists of "getting up in the morn- 
ing, walking around and looking for 

"I have a staff that does the physi- 
cal work," he said. "They're a lot better 
at it than I am. Usually I go out and 
discover something and they run me 
off and dig it up." 

In addition to taking stands on 
scientific issues, Horner has taken a 
stand against the selling of dinosaur 
fossils. The recent Sotheby's sale of a 
fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex nicknamed 
"Sue" prompted Horner and a number 
of other paleontologists to decry the 
public auctioning of invaluable scien- 
tific material. Horner's view is based 
on the fact that the majority of North 
American fossils are found on federal 

"There is no reason for a species, 
which already belongs to the public, to 
be taken out and sold back to the pub- 
lic," he said. 

Horner said he also fears that Sue's 
record sale will give people the idea to 
go digging for their own dinosaur fos- 
sils. "The most important time for a 
fossil is when it is still in the ground," 
he noted. "Once it is taken out, it loses 
its scientific context." 

He added that without expert su- 
pervision, amateurs could damage rare 
fossils and all the clues they contain 
about a largely extinct world. Congress 
nearly increased the likelihood of this 
happening when, last year, members 
proposed legislation to allow commer- 
cial collectors onto public land. The 
measure failed in committee. 

The commercialization of science 
has touched Homer in other ways, as 
well. He said at least a dozen ranch 
owners with whom he has worked for 

years have recently started demand- 
ing money in advance before he can 
look for fossils on their land. 

"Still, it's pretty neat to go out 
and find things," Horner said. "It's 
sort of patient excitement, though, 
because after you find it, you have to 
bring it home, see what you've got 
and then prepare it. 

"People sometimes ask me why 
it's important to study dinosaurs," he 
continued. "It all has to do with dis- 
covering everything we can about 
the history of our planet, and the 
history of life, and knowing that the 
only record we have to understand 
the present is the past. We can't make 
very educated decisions without look- 
ing at the past record." 

Horner, who holds an 
honorary doctorate from the 
University of Montana, is 
the author of four books: 
Digging Dinosaurs; Digging 
up Tyrannosaurus Rex; 
The Complete T. Rex; and 
Maia, A Dinosaur Grows 
Up. He is the recipient of a 
MacArthur Foundation 
Fellowship (1983-91), the 
American Geological 
Institute's 1995 Award for 
Outstanding Contribution to 
Public Understanding of 
Geology and the 1 994 
American Association of 
Petroleum Geologists 
Journalism Award. 

Dinosaur Digger's IVIom: 

BY Charles Culbertson 

"Where the heck is Montana?" 

That, according to Miriam Horner, 
was the reaction of many fellow Virginians 
when she announced that she and her new 
husband were leaving the Old Dominion for 
the Wild West. 

Mrs. Horner — nee Miriam Stith — 
hailed from the Piedmont region of Virginia. 

She enrolled at Mary Baldwin in 1938 and in 1940 was awarded a certificate 
in secretarial science. In official college records, she is listed as a member of 
the Class of 1942. 

"Staunton was a small town in those days, and Mary Baldwin was like a big 
family," said Mrs. Horner, whose paleontologist son John was MBC's 1998 
Mary Emily Humphreys Lecturer and Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar in February. 
"The dean of the college would get photos of all the incoming students, 
memorize them, and then be able to call each student by name." 

Her dinosaur-hunting son, she said, was a smart boy. "Little kids would 
come over and he would teach them the names of the planets. He was 
interested in astronomy as well as rock and bone collecting." 

Mrs. Horner laughs when she recalls that Horner's father admonished him 
that he would never make a living digging up bones. "Every now and then," she 
said, "Jack reminds him of that." 

Mrs. Horner, who lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband John H. 
Horner, has two other children — James W. Horner and Rosemary Horner 
Trushenski. She has six grandchildren. 

The Map.y Baldwin College Magazine • Spring 1998 


HAL CROWTHER continued from page 15 

measure, music industry executives are 
heinous, heartless Fagins who hide behind 
the First Amendment. 

Tipper Gore may be one of the most 
misunderstood prophets of her time. If you 
thought her campaign against rock lyrics 
was ridiculous, you haven't read enough of 
the lyrics. Employing and manufacturing 
"artists" who are too old to respond to this 
gibberish themselves, the swine who run 
these recording companies sell murder, 
misogyny, anarchy, rough sex, racism and 
perversion to 14-year-old nihilists. Crack 
dealers probably do less harm. Not 10 

percent of these rabid lyrics represents 
honest political or artistic expression. 

With that outburst I guess I reveal 
conclusively that I am not "with it," or 
anywhere near it. I suppose it's possible for 
a person my age to remain with it, to 
balance on the cutting edge. But a 
revealing measure of a culture's health, it 
seems to me, is how much you want to be 
with it. I want to be so far out of it that I 
can't even smell it decomposing. 

You know those old guys you see 
sitting in parks, or eating in places where 
old people eat alone? They wear silk bow 

ties and nice suits cut in antique styles, like 
extras in Frank Capra movies from the '40s. 
They look a little foreign; I imagine that 
they've read Primo Levi and know 
everything about Rilke and Rachmaninoff, 
and don't give a damn about anything that's 
happened since the Second World War. 

I want to be just like those guys. And I 
don't want to wait until I'm 70. 1 want to 

from Hal Crowther, Unarmed But 
Dangerous, (Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 

LEE SMITH continued from page 13 

and inquiry will extend unassigned, beyond the classroom, into 
their very lives. 

There was plent;y of time during Smith's visit for Uvely exchanges 
with students . The questions flew during a visit to Chaplain Patricia 
Hunt's class on ethics . 

Student: Which of your parents influenced you the most as a 

Smith: For a long time I thought it was my father, but now I 
think it was equal. I was an only child, and they were a lot older. 
I am from southwest Virginia — Grundy, Virginia. My mother 
was a home economics teacher and my father ran the dime 
store, and my whole family was in local politics. My father's 
biggest thing was looking out for other people, and my mother, 
too. They were really good people, and they were so good that 
I hated it when I was growing up because there was no way you 
could live up to it. My father was really, really revered, so I sort 
of ran away from that for a while when I went off to school, 
which was Saint Catherine's in Richmond, but then later I 
appreciated it. They were not readers, but they were, both of 
them, absolutely wonderful storytellers, so I have this wonderful 
tradition of seeing everything framed in the form of a story. 
Every single thing. 

Student: Do you think going to a women's college helped you? 

Smith: Absolutely, absolutely. I'm one of those people that 
cannot quite imagine what would have happened to me if I had 
not gone to a women's college [HoUins College]. For me, just 
not having boys in the classroom and being in with a group of 
other young women who were passionately interested in what 
I was interested in made it OK to be that way. It was OK to be 
serious about your work, and that was enormously important for 
me. Aside from my own work, I was always too much of a 
follower, too much of a group member. Sort of too much of a 
good girl because of the way I was raised. I think if I hadn't gone 
to a college where I was intellectually challenged both by the 

girls in the classes and by the professors, I don't know that I 
would have become serious about what I loved. 

Student: When you write a story, do you know what you are 
going to write when you sit down or does it kind of come out? 

Smith: I know what I am going to write, although I really believe 
in the experience of writing as a process. I do several different 
kinds of writing. One is just for reference, where I sit down and 
write things that I notice during the day or something that I 
heard on the radio that really struck me. That is just to keep a 
record. But when I sit down to write a short story, which is 
something I think of as a form, I will have some notes, I will 
have some little things from former writings, I will have an idea 
and will do a lot of what I call free writing, which is putting ideas 
down on paper, even making a list or outline. I think that one 
reason I do that is because I had children, and for many years I 
had what my father called a "day job." It was really hard for me 
to get time to write and so I always wanted to be sure that I did 
use my time. I think it's a woman's life. I would have things sort 
of thought through so that when I got three hours that were 
vacant or two hours between classes when I could shut my office 
door, I would be able to write. Maybe that forced me into being 
a little more organized. Some people I know write, and as they 
write the story shapes up in their mind. That's the more 
romantic way to go at it. 

Student: Do you and Hal share your writing much with each 

Smith: We both write a whole lot, and so we don't usually share 
a lot of what we are writing, but we are always talking about 
ideas for whatever. That is one reason that I really like being 
with my husband so much, because that is what he does. He 
writes on a whole lot of different things and he reads widely, so 
I feel like I have gotten to think seriously about some things 
that I wouldn't have. We are always talking about something. 

Lee Smith is the author of 10 novels and three short story collections . 
She has served as professor of creative writing at North Carolina 
State University since J 989. 


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performed during 
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first Latino 
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Dear Friends, 
I began my term as 
Alumnae Association- 
Board of Directors 
president two years ago 
by writing to you about 
the Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors — their 
diversity, talents, leadership and devotion 
to Mary Baldwin College. With the 
exceptional direction and support of the 
Alumnae Activities Executive Director 
Jane G. Kornegay '83 and her staff, your 
Alumnae Board took on new 
responsibilities and accomplished many of 
its goals. 

In the past months, alumnae chapters 
have grown, and alumnae are involved in 
the life of the college in greater numbers 
than ever before. Annual Fund gifts are 
increasing, Career Networking participation 
is growing. The Continuing Education 

Committee has created exciting alumnae 
travel opportunities, established a Children's 
Literature Collection for the Martha S. 
Grafton Library, and created more appealing 
seminars for Homecoming participants. 
Homecoming participation is growing by 
leaps and bounds. Our Nominating 
Committee continues, with your help, to 
designate excellent alumnae for leadership 
positions. The Project Funding Committee 
has launched an exceptional marketing 
program, and its revenue provides the 
college with the means to improve and grow. 
Most recently, monies raised were pledged to 
support renovations to the Spencer 
Residence Hall Lounge, creating an 
appealing site for college and community 
events. The Alumnae Board has enjoyed a 
close relationship with current students 
through their participation on our board and 
in the Student Alumnae Partnership. Mary 
Baldwin students are terrific. 

My sincere thanks to a wonderful 
Alumnae Board and staff. My two years as 
president have made me more aware of the 
importance of the alumnae of Mary Baldwin. 
The college is counting on us — our 
devotion of time, talents and yes, resources. 
Mary Baldwin College invested in us. Let's 
give back to the college by acting as 
ambassadors and stewards. Let's help to 
ensure her future by becoming involved. 
Refer a student. Call a fellow alumna and 
get together. Help with an event at home or 
at the college. Don't sit back and just watch 
Mary Baldwin grow. Jump in and help. Make 
a difference. 

-V30CS: fX eSk^Qi^^S 

Sue Warfield Caples '60 
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amongst former grantees and between former and current 

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The reception for 

PEG graduates will be held in 

Hunt Gallery at 2:30 p.m. 

on Saturday, May 23, J 998. 


will be May 20-23, 1999 

The classes of 1944, 1949, 


1974, 1979, 1964, 1989 and 

1994 and The GraRon Society 

will be celebrating 

their reunions In 1999. 

The Makv Baldwin CoLr.EOE Magazine 

Spring 1998 


class notes 

Everyone who graduated 
before 1948 is a member of 
The Grafton Society. 


Brown's book, Lynchburg 
Pioneer Quakers and Their 
Meeting House, which was 
originally written in 1936 for 
Lynchburg's sesquicentennial 
celebration, has been 
republished. The bool<, which 
was also reprinted for 
Lynchburg's bicentennial 
celebration, has become 
widely regarded as the most 
authoritative and scholarly 
work on Lynchburg's earliest 
settlers. Mrs. Brown resides 
at Westminster-Canterbury in 
Lynchburg VA. 



Blacksburg VA teaches piano 
to 20 students and performs 
in public for special 



lives in a retirement 
community in Charleston WV. 
She usually takes two or 
three trips a year. 


IVIYRTLE FOY Hennis says 
that she enjoyed the July 10, 
1997 luncheon in Mount Airy 
NC with special guest MBC 
President Dr. Cynthia H. 


DALE PETERS Bryant of 

Hanover NH says that her 
husband Robert passed away 
in January 1996. She has 
four children and two great 
grandchildren. Her daughter 
is a lawyer and spent most of 
1997 in Bosnia as a 
mediator. One of her sons is 
a businessman, another is a 
financial manager for a 
nonprofit health group, and 
the third son is a biology 
teacher. Mrs. Bryant takes 
classes at Dartmouth and 
serves on the library and 
senior center boards. She 
has many hobbies, including 
swimming, walking, reading 
and e-mailing BEHY WILCOX 
Armstrong. She has visited 
Italy, England, South America 
and Tierra del Fuego. 



Columbia SC has a one-year- 
old great-granddaughter, 
Rebecca Kennedy Bailey. 

JANE HARRIS Gatling of 

Suffolk VA says that her 
daughter Roxanne's husband 
Jim Gilmore is governor of the 
Commonwealth of Virginia. 


Fredericksburg TX has revived 
her writing career by selling 
two articles to Texas 
Highways. She also publishes 
a monthly column about the 
local library in her hometown 


Andrews of Auburn WA is 
active in the United Methodist 
women's group as well as 
Church Women United, and 
the Music Teacher's 
Association. She has a dozen 
piano students and enjoys 
traveling. Last August she 
went to Scandinavia, and she 
plans a trip to Europe in 



Memphis TN says she 
thoroughly enjoyed her 50th 
reunion last May. The reunion 
staff did an "awesome, super 


Memphis TN also says she 
enjoyed her 50th reunion last 



Columbia SC teaches 
Spanish part-time at a 
community college. She 
previously taught high school 
Spanish and French for 25 

BETSY BERRY Williamson of 

Richmond VA gave a dinner 
party for LAURA JANE 
ATKINSON May '47 in honor 
of her marriage to Henry 
Dwyer. Betsy has also been 
corresponding with HELEN DE 
VORE Mattenson, who like 
herself has gone through hip 
replacement surgery. Betsy 
hopes she, Helen, BETTY JO 
BALES Gallagher and 
will all be able to attend their 
50th reunion in May. 


Turner of Warwick Rl reports 
that her grandchild, Salisbury 
"Sail" Gerard, was born 
December 17, 1997. 



of Newport News, VA enjoyed 
several get togethers last 
year with "JEAN" ATKINSON 
'51, NANCY McMillan Gray 
Furrh '50. She also was 
inspired by a speech BETTY 
GWALTNEY Schutte '52 gave 
to her garden club. Betty is 
the president of The Garden 
Club of Virginia. 


Scott of Anderson SC is 
already looking forward to her 
50th reunion in 2002. She 
says she will be there "with 
bells on!" 


JANE TUCKER Mitchell of 

Greensboro NC has retired 
after 36 years with the 
University of North Carolina- 
Greensboro. While there, she 
held ajoint appointment in 
the Department of Romance 
Languages and the School of 
Education. Her son Tucker 
Mitchell is the editor of The 
Charlotte Leader, and she 
has two grandchildren: 
Stephanie, 14, and Daniel, 

LEE PIERCE Mosso of 

Stamford CT says that her 
husband Dave is retired from 
the Financial Accounting 
Standards Board (FASB), but 
he is serving as chair of the 
Federal Accounting Standards 
Advisory Board. Lee is taking 
classes, as well as directing 
the choir at the Unitarian 
Universallst Society She says 
she is becoming a "regular 
jock" at the local gym, 
working on her cardiac rehab 
program. She and Dave also 
travel frequently. They have 
been up the tributaries of the 
Amazon, journeyed through 
U.S. Western national parks, 
and ventured on a two-week 
study trip to the island of 



Allentown PA teaches high 
school mathematics at 
Moravian Academy and also 
assists the chaplain. She is 
the primary caretaker of her 

her husband Peter, "MARTY" KLINE 
Chaplin '51 and her husband Harvey 
braved the rain and cold at the Fall 
1997 Foxfield Steeplechase Races in 
Charlottesville VA. 

Mary Jo Shilling Shannon '53, Reid Garst, and 
JUDY LIPES Garst '63 attended a reception in 
honor of JUDITH GODWIN '52's exhibit at the 
Art Museum of Western Virginia. The exhibit 
was titled "Judith Godwin: Style and Grace." 
The reception was co-hosted by the MBC 
Roanoke Alumnae Chapter and the Mary 
Baldwin College Office of Alumnae Activities. 


Members of the Class of 
1956 enjoyed a trip to the Big 
Apple in November. Chatting 
after dinner at New York City's 
Windows on the World were 
Henderson, SUSAN ANDES 
Pittman,"BEnY"BOYER Bul- 
Bryan, SUE DOZIER Grotz, 
and ANN RITCHIE McHugh. 
During the trip, the group went 
shopping, attended theatre and museum events, vis- 
ited with family, and watched the Radio City Music Hall 
Christmas Spectacular. "NBC Today" show's Al Roker 
interviewed the alumnae group outside the NBC studio. 
They donned squirrel hats and held an MBC banner for 
the occasion. 

Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazi 

MBC Board of Trustees 
member "PEGGY" 
ANDERSON Carr '67 
represented Mary 
Baldwin College at the 
University of Dallas 
presidential inaugura- 
tion in Dallas, TX. 

Class of 1974 alumnae "MISSY' 
Chewning, ANNE PERRIN Flynn, and 
JERRY HILL Goodpasture gathered to- 
gether in Virginia Beach VA in June 

95-year-old mother-in-law who 
lives with her and her husband 

SUSAN ANDES Pittman of 

Raleigh NO reports that she, 
ANN RITCHIE McHugh, and 
Reynolds visited with "BETTY" 
BAYER Bullock on Florida's 
west coast in the spring of 
1997. They "walked the 
beaches, dined fantastically 
and caught up on all the latest 



Waynesboro VA says that she 
and her husband Jim spend 
time with their grandchildren 
and travel frequently in their 
motor home since Jim retired 
four years ago. Nancy also 
enjoys singing in her church 
choir and with a local choral 



Carlson of Copake NY and 
husband Jim have a custom 
picture framing business in 
Poughkeepsie. The couple 
stay busy with the business 
and their black poodle. Micki 
has been invited to give a 
water ballet demonstration 
this summer at a children's 


Palmer says that "after 16 
years of widowhood," she 
married Dr. Donald H. 
Peterson in October 1997. 
Nelsie has been working as a 
secretary in a Presbyterian 
church for the last few years. 
Both of her daughters have 
completed their education, 
have jobs and are married. 
Nelsie's first grandchild, 
Andrew Scott Williamson, was 
born in August 1997. 

SALLY HELTZEL Pearsall of 

Mobile AL became a 
grandmother with the birth of 
granddaughter Emily Margaret 
on August 28, 1997. 



LYNN BUnS Preston and her 

husband Bob are retired and 
living in Boulder CO near their 
tvi/o daughters and three 
granddaughters. Their son Ned 
lives in San Francisco, where 
he works for the Oracle 
Corporation. Lynn keeps in 
close touch with her MBC 
roommates BECKY CANNADY 
Merchant and "SHEARER" 
TROXELL Luck. Over the 
years, the trio has "taken 
many trips and are, finally, 
including their husbands." 


of John's Island SC is glad 
Hawkins is working on this 
year's reunion. Anne says that 

Jeffrey A. Boldt were married in Hous- 
ton TX on October 25. Bridesmaid 
DEBBIE FEIGIN '92 joins the bride for 
a photo. Other alums attending the 
wedding were KELLY THORNBURG 
Oberholzer '91 and KOURTNEY 
McMURDO Haake '90. 

even though she had forgotten 
to keep MBC updated on all 
her name and address 
changes, Carolyn didn't give 
up until she found her. Anne 
and her husband live on a 
beautiful island near 
Charleston SC, near their 
three grandsons. She also 
reports that her mother still 
lives at the same address in 
Virginia, and her grandmother 
is doing well at age 102. 



Arlington VA travels frequently 
with her job as coordinator of 
U.S.-Mexican Border Affairs. 
Her husband Patrick Kennedy 
has returned to his position 
as assistant secretary of 
state for administration after 
serving for almost a year as 
acting undersecretary for 
management in the Clinton 


CAROL LAWS Slonaker of 

Richmond VA reports that one 
of her former high school 
students, Jenny Boykin, is a 
freshman at Mary Baldwin. 



Atlanta GA resigned from the 
Mary Baldwin College Board of 
Trustees in February 1997 
after seven years of service. 
She had chaired the board's 
Development and Student Life 
Committees and served on 
the Major Gifts Committee of 

Dr. Sue Ellen Butler Rocovich '67 
Appointed to VMI Board 

In November, SUE ELLEN BUTLER Rocovich 

'67 was appointed to the Virginia Military In- 
stitute Board of Visitors by then-Governor 
George Allen. Dr. Rocovich is an emergency 
room physician at Alleghany Regional Hospital 
near Covington, VA. She filled an unexpired 
term, v/hich mil end in June 2000, becoming 
only the third v/oman to sit on the 17-member 
VMI board. The 158-year-old school admitted 
its first female students in 1997. 

Dr. Rocovich earned her doctor of medicine 
degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State In- 
stitute and completed her residency in inter- 
nal medicine at The University of Virginia. She 
ended an eight-year service to the Virginia Tech 
Board of Directors in June. She is currently a 
member of the Bradley Free Clinic Board of 
Directors, and she is a co-founder of the 
Alleghany Emergency Physicians, Inc. 

Dr. Rocovich lives in Roanoke, VA, with her 
husband John, an attorney and member of the 
Mary Baldwin College Board of Trustees. 


by Charlotte McCaa O'Conor '65 

On September 1, 1997, Mary 
Baldwin lost a good friend. Anne 
Jackson McAllister '65 typified 
our generation. She was a devoted 
alumna, mother and 
community volunteer. 

Anne's charismatic 
personality made her a 
favorite among her 
classmates. Long after 
graduating, she still 
saw to it that the "MBC girls" gath- 
ered to celebrate one another's 
birthdays. I don't believe that she 
and I ever spoke without laughing 
about something — shared memo- 
ries, often from MBC, our wed- 
dings, our sons, golden retrievers, 
or just some silly thing. 

Family and friends were Anne's 
priorities, whether she was hosting 
an MBC alumnae event or having 
pizza night for the Young Life group. 
Everyone was welcome in Anne's 
life. Over the years, she acquired 
many families — Arlington Junior 
League, PTA, St Peter's Episcopal 
church and MBC. 

Anne is survived by her husband 
Bob and their rwo sons, Conrad and 
Andrew. Anne is deeply missed by 
all who knew her, especially her 
MBC family 

The Mapy Baldwin College Maoazihe 


the college's Sesquicenten- 
nial Campaign. Gail served as 
the artistic director of the 
1998 Southeastern Flower 
Show in Atlanta in February. 


Stoecklein of Dayton OH is 
substitute teaching now that 
both of her children are in 


husband Chris celebrated 
their 25th wedding anniver- 
sary in October 1997. They 
live in IVIadison Heights VA. 


McComas serves as grant 
coordinator for Southwestern 
University in Georgetown TX. 
The university is the oldest 
private college in the state of 


MARY HIGH Kllpatrick and 

her family live in Europe. 
Husband Russ is the 
European command surgeon 
stationed in Stuttgart, 
Germany, and he is 
responsible for medical 
operations in Bosnia. Mary 
leads a women's Bible study 
group and teaches English at 
daughter Elizabeth's school in 


relocated to Lady Lake FL. 

Fechtel had a wonderful visit 
together over the July 4 


ELLEN GILL Ball of Millers 
Tavern VA is enrolled in the 
Mary Baldwin Master of Arts 
in Teaching Program at the 
Richmond ADP Center. 


spends a lot of time in Britain 
since her company, 
Reflectone, has merged with 
British Aerospace. She is the 
vice president of human 
relations and communica- 



Shoreline WA is the national 
editor of The Seattle Times. 


of Lexington VA says that she 
enjoyed hearing Geraldine 
Ferraro speak on campus in 

ELLEN MINGES's ministry 
program New Life Ministries 
hosted nearly 160 young 
people at discipleship camps 
and Great Exchange 
Programs in 1997. New Life 
sponsored 11 musical, ballet 
and theater outreach 
programs overseas last year, 
and more than 250 people 
committed their lives to 
Christ in response to the 
young Russians' performanc- 
es. Ellen says her mother 

June passed away on 
December 20, 1997. 

CASKIE Porter of Richmond 
VA visited "B. J." FELTON 
DeGollan 79 in Atlanta GA in 
September 1997. While 
there, she was also able to 
Balentine and CAROLINE 



Austin TX is a child and 
adolescent psychiatrist. She 
and husband Kenneth have 
one child, Katherine, 6. 


of Winston Salem NO says 
that she and "BETSY" GATES 
Moore get together every 
April and October when Betsy 
comes to High Point NC for 
the International Furniture 
Market. Mary Blake also 
reports that TIA TILMAN 
Owen '90 is her daughter 
Margaret's second grade 
teacher at the Summit 
School. In addition, she would 
like to congratulate ANN 
HAYES Petro '81 for her 
accomplishments featured in 
the fall 1997 Mary Baldwin 



Towson MD is working on her 
early childhood education 

has been promoted to 
associate director for 
administration at the 
Smithsonian Institution's 
National Museum of Natural 
History. Prior to her promo- 
tion, she served as the 
facilities manager at the 
Smithsonian "Castle" and 
Arts and Industries Building. 


of Walkersville MD has two 
children, Orin, 9, and Callie, 7. 

KOY EDMISTON Mislowsky of 

Winchester VA has three 
children: twins, Emily and 
Elizabeth, 7, and Mary Allen, 5. 


is an EMT in Chariottesville 
VA. She is also a ski patroller 
at Wintergreen Ski Resort, 
and she has applied to 
physician's assistant school. 

Vanderhout of Newark DE has 
two children, Tara, 12, and 
Dutch, 2. 


Beach VA received her 
master's degree in eariy 
childhood special education 
from Old Dominion University 
in 1994. As a teacher in the 
Virginia Beach Public School 
System, she works with two- 
and three-year-olds with 

Robinson of Winchester VA 

has resumed her position as 
event coordinator with Encore 
Special Events after taking a 
few months leave for son 
Harrison Asbury's birth. 

Seifert of San Angelo TX is a 
practicing pediatric doctor 
with a large multi-specialty 
group, and husband Steve is 
working in emergency 
medicine at one of the few 
trauma centers in West Texas. 
They have two children, Leif, 
3, and Logan, 1. 



Charieston SO has three 
children: Katie, 8, Alton, 6, 
and Ashton, 3. 


Dittamo and husband 
Michael are out of active-duty 
Army service; however, 
Michael is serving full-time in 
the Kansas Army National 
Guard. Karen is working part- 
time for the public school 
system in its Title I program. 
Daughter Caroline, 11, is in 
the fourth grade, and son 
Patrick, 7, is in first grade. 
They are in the process of 
renovating a 1927 Colonial 
home. Karen invites anyone 
to "stop by if they' re ever 
stranded on Route 70" in 
Topeka KS. 


NY is engaged to Del Bryant. 
They are planning to marry 
this spring in Paris. Carolyn 

SMITH '93 pose for a group photo during 
a baby shower for Monty in Ai::ust. Julie 
hosted the event at the Houston Country 
Club in Houston TX. 



and P. Thacker 

Worthen, a 


Sydney College 

graduate, were 

married in June 

1997. Thacker is employed by Coca Cola, and lla works for 

Ballin's LTD. MBC classmates and friends attending included: (I 






The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter hosted a fall 
cocktail party for area alumnae/i. Attend- 
ing were (l-r) Director of MBC's Corporate 
Education Program and ADP Associate Pro- 
fessor Dan Dowdy, his wife Joan, Jackie 
Reynolds Scruggs '86 ADP, Ginger Lee 
Brown '94 ADP, Diane Buxbaum '96 ADP 
and Robin Hammerstrom '94 ADP. 


Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazin' 

works as a model. She signed 
with the Elite Modeling 
Agency and has done runway 
shows for Vogue. Ralph 
Lauren's new line "Lauren," 
Liz Claiborne, Jones of New 
York, Neiman Marcus and 
Nordstrom. She also 
appeared in the October and 
November 1997 issues of 
Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Top 
Model. Carolyn has signed 
with a commercial talent 
agency and completed a 
commercial for Walt Disney 
World in Orlando FL. 


Stewart of Gaithersburg MD 
has three children: Andrew, 4, 
Dillion, 3 and newborn Shelby 



first non-family visitor after 
the birth of her son Jonathan 
last year was college 
roommate, LISA DRESSIER 
Daye. Debbie and her family 
live in Lexington VA. 


Midway GA teaches middle 
school health and physical 
education and also coaches 
high school tennis. 

Four Oaks NC where she 
owns an 11-acre farm and 
has many "children" (four 
dogs, eight cats and two 
horses). Susan works as a 
child and family therapist for 
Wake County Human Services 
in Raleigh. 


Mark Downey Hagan were 
married in November 1997 
at the St. John's United 
Church of Christ in Richmond 
VA. Attending the wedding 
Woolwine '88, "SASSY" 
CARRAGHER Henry '88, 
HARRELL Graeber '88, 

Dyke '88, MARGARET 
WILLIAMS Pace '85, and 



of Clovis NM reports that 
husband Calvin finished law 
school at the College of 
William and Mary in May 
1997. He currently serves in 
the JAG Corps at Cannon AFB 
in New Mexico. The couple 
have three children: Eric, 
Brian and David. 


Stuarts Draft and her 
husband had a baby boy, 
Langdon Douglas, on January 
19. Donna is a former 
member of the MBC Annual 
Fund staff. 


Benson of Richmond VA and 
husband Rod are expecting 
their first child in April 1998. 


of West Columbia SC is a 
veterinarian in the U. S. Army. 


Giles Jones were married in 
September 1997 at St. 
Bridget's in Richmond VA. A 
reception was held at 
Keswick Farm. Bridesmaids 
were LESLIE OLSON Scott, 
Stepanian. Other MBC 
classmates attending were 
LaManna, GINNY FINK, and 
Stephanie's sister LESLIE 
BAKER '97 and her friends 
SPENCER '97 also attended. 

Harvesting a Piece of History 

by Rebecca R. Miller 

The main thoroughfare into New Ulm, Minnesota, passes a strange 
building that often prompts people to comment, "What is thatV 

That is Weeds and Reeds — owned by Katherine "Kappy" Goodntian 
Schladweiler '67 — a store that sells herbal and floral creations, her own 
handmade baskets, antiques and gifts. But it's the building, not the 
wares, that causes drivers to do a double take. 

The 1926 structure 
was built as a gas sta- 
tion, but unlike the 
neighborhood Exxon, it 
IS a work of art; a veri- 
table temple to what 
was then a new-fangled 
invention, the automo- 
bile. The station 
commemorates the site 
of a Sioux uprising in 
the 1800s. The design 
includes twin towers 
crowned with onion-shaped copper domes like those of Russian Ortho- 
dox churches. 

"The towers were the ladies' and men's lounges with the bathrooms 
on the first floor and winding staircases leading to rooms above," said 

The walls were made of locally manufactured Rainbow Art stone, 
cinderblocks covered with thick multicolored veneer. 

"The formula for Rainbow Art stone was thrown away in the 1 930s," 
said Schladweiler. "It took three months to reconstruct and cost $25 per 

Historical research revealed that there were blades for the faux 
windmill, edged with green neon lights, which were never installed and 
were lost in the 1980s. 

"When we moved to New Ulm, the building had busted windows and 
weeds growing up. The previous owner tried to rezone it from residential 
to business in order to use it as an office, but couldn't and made a lot of 
enemies in the process. So he said, 'Let it rot,' and it did for 10 years." 

By the time the Schladweilers took possession of the building in 1996, 
it was listed on the Federal Register of Historic Places. Historic designation 
allows an owner to use a building in a way that is consistent with the 
building's original use, so they were able to make it into a store. 

Schladweiler came up with the idea for Weeds and Reeds while selling 
antiques. An avid gardener, reader and botanist, with a degree in biology 
from Mary Baldwin, her herbal artistry came late but naturally. 

"My mother grew herbs and flowers, and my sister Susan [Goodman 
Aheam '64] has magnificent gardens," Schladweiler said, "But, I was never 
interested in herbs until about 1 2 years ago." Or in basket making. "In fact, 
when I took my first basket-making class, it was so difficult that I said I'd 
never make another." 

Since starting her business, Schladweiler still finds it hard to make 
baskets, but not for lack of skill now, but because business is so brisk. "I make 
a lot of my own potpourri and wreaths, but I have to buy other diings like 
pottery, because I don't have time to make enough to fill the store. 

"I pictured that I would make baskets in the back all morning, hear a 
little bell tinkle up front, and go help the occasional customer," she 
laughed. "But in reality, I offered a class in basket-making recently and had 
to break it into three sections because there were too many students." 

The Mary Baluwin College Magazine • Spring 1998 


www. Netscape .Pioneer 

by Rebecca R. Miller 

"My motto in life is 'Life is the fulfillment of dreams,' so it's 
dangerous to dream." 

Catherine "Cat" Evans '93 ought to know. She fulfills many 
of her dreams on a regular basis by helping pioneer cutting-edge 
technology and traveling the world in her work with the Internet 
superpower Netscape. 

Currently based in Munich, Germany, Evans works as a 
computer systems engineer, doing "whatever it takes to get our 
clients' software to talk to Netscape's." 

Evans was among the pioneers to leap into the vast frontier of 
the Internet, hired as one of the first Netscape employees in 1994- 
From the start, Evans could tell she was in for an adventure. 

"The interview is a story in and of itself," she recalled. "It was 
a barbecue in Silicon Valley where we were playing frisbee on a 
terrace, which was on the fifth floor. The frisbee went over the 
railing. Apparently this happened often, and the people downstairs 
were tired of giving it back. Somebody said that my interview 
question should be how to get the frisbee without asking. I spotted 
a garden hose and suggested rappelling down the side of the 
building with it. The idea was vetoed for insurance reasons, but I 
got the job. 

"Back then, there were about 15 web sites in existence. Now, 
four years later, there are millions." 

Evans was already blazing her own trail before Netscape. 
Entering Mary Baldwin as a 1 5-year-old PEG student, she graduated 
with a major Asian Studies and Japanese and a minor in computer 
information systems. Since then her work has taken her to China, 
Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia; and she anticipates 
trips throughout Europe and perhaps to Israel. She often finds 
herself improvising a new role for herself as a woman and a 
Mormon who doesn't drink or smoke — relative oddities in 
international business. 

"It all started when Netscape needed someone to start up the 
new Japan office. After a three-month trial, I hated it. I was young, 
blond, female and an engineer — four things that the Japanese did 
not exactly have in mind for someone teaching them about 
cutting-edge technology." 

"I discovered that it was best not to try to fit into Japanese 
culture because they respect (or at least are polite to) brash 
American women, but not to docile Japanese women. TTiis doesn't 
mean you shouldn't respect or understand their culture. Just know 
when to use that knowledge to your advantage." 

Evans plans to return from her year in Germany to another of 
her dreams fulfilled: the two boats, harbored in the San Francisco 
Bay, where she lives. Evans keeps a two-bedroom, 1.5 bath 
Califomian trawler and a 33-foot sloop sailboat as her first emd 
second homes. 

"The industry is volatile and the company is a rollercoaster 
ride," Evans said, but living on her boats is her haven. "There is 
nothing like being on a boat to make youfeel like the world is right." 


Nashville TN was recently 
divorced and works for Papa 
John's at the West End/Vandy 
location. She was named 
rool<ie manager of year for 
1996 and received a cruise 
to the Bahamas for her prize. 


Daryl Scott Irby were married 
in November 1997. The 
couple live in South Boston 
VA where Mary Tucker 
teaches at Volens Elementary 




York NY earned her master's 
degree from New York 
University in 1997. She is the 
executive director of the Stux 
Art Gallery in Manhattan. 

McFADEN Gilreath sends 
special thanks for all the 
good thoughts and concerns 
expressed during the summer 
of 1997, while her newborn 
daughter Peyton Elizabeth 
underwent open-heart 
surgery. Jackie says, Peyton 
has made a full recovery and 
"is doing everything she 
should, and trying to do 
things she shouldn't." Jackie 
and her family live at Robins 
AFB in Georgia. 

HAWKINS has received 
several promotions while 
working for Intelliquest Inc., a 
marketing research firm. She 
is currently the operations 
manager of the College 
Station/Fielding office in 
College Station TX. 



of Buena Vista VA is a 
student in an L.P.N, program, 
and she serves at Stonewall 
Jackson Hospital in 
Lexington. She and husband 
Paul have one son Jake, 2. 


Arlington VA has earned her 
MPS from George Washington 

University and is employed as 
the quality assurance officer 
for DC Pretrial Services 
Agency in Washington. She 
and Ryan O'Connell, a fourth- 
year medical student at New 
York University are engaged 
to be married in June 1998. 

Kerley of Washington DC is an 
assistant account executive 
with Eisner, Petrou & 
Associates, a regional 
marketing communication firm. 


CARRIE BURKE works in the 
event management field in 
Frederick MD. She is the 
1998 gala event chair for the 
Young Benefactors of the 
Smithsonian Institution and is 
also a volunteer with the 
Greater Washington 
Exploratory Committee, which 
is working to win the bid for 
the 1999 Summer Olympics. 

Thomas were married in 
Stuarts Draft VA in October 
1997. The reception was held 
at The Oaks in Staunton. 
Mitzi and Troy are both 
working on their masters of 
divinity degrees at Union 
Theological Seminary in 


her third year of graduate 
school. She is pursuing a 
Ph.D. in economics at 
Stanford University in 
Stanford CA. 



enrolled at the Candler 
School of Theology at Emory 
University in Atlanta GA, 
where she is pursuing a 
master's degree in divinity. 
Emily is studying Christian 
ethics and American religious 
history. She served as a 
delegate to the World 
Methodist Regional 
Conference, held last January 
in Dublin, Ireland. 

CAMALA BEAM and Robert 
Carter Kite were married in 


Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College MagazinB 

October 1996. MBC alumnae 
in attendance included: AMY 
REBECCA BEAM '97, and 
KARA OLSEN Nebo '96. Also 
attending the wedding were 
MBC Development Office staff 
members Marion Hart, Karen 
Horn and Shirley Craft. 

ANNA VAZQUEZ is working in 
Japan and will return to the 
states in August when her 
contract expires. 



(PEG) graduated magna cun;i 
laude In May 1997 from 
Smith College with a BA in 
philosophy. She was also 
selected for Phi Beta Kappa 
while at Smith. She is now 
living in Somervllle MA, while 
pursuing her master's of 
theological studies at Harvard 
Divinity School. 


employed by the Washington 
DC law firm of Fish and 
Richardson, PC, which 
specializes In intellectual 
property. Elizabeth works as a 
litigation and client 
development paralegal. She 
plans to pursue graduate 
studies in England next fall. 

McGINLEY of Palmyra VA is 
enrolled in the counselor 
education graduate program 
at Radford University. She is 
the secretary of the Graduate 
Student Council and hopes to 
complete her master's degree 
in the spring of 1999, 

NICOLE MEDINA of Staunton 

VA is engaged to Monti L. 
Jaquls. The couple plan a June 
1998 wedding. Nicole Is the 
director of social services at 
Staunton Manor Nursing Home. 

News VA is engaged to 

Jonathan Caines. A July 1998 
wedding Is planned. 


In her first year of law school 
at Indiana University in 
Bloomlngton IN. 


working on her master's 
degree in international 
relations at the University of 
St. Andrews in St, Andrews, 


(PEG) graduated from JMU In 
December 1997 with a major 
in theatre arts and a minor in 
music. She has been 
accepted to Regent 
University's dual degree 
program in the graduate 
schools of education and 



'81 of Norman OK had her 
new book, Deathweave, 
published In January The 
sequel to It, Dark Loom, will 
be released in mld-1998. She 
is also working as a field 
representative for Community 
Concerts LLC of New York 

In Febrary 1998, WILLIAM 

was named a teacher of the 
week in the NewsFun's 
Teacher of the Week 
Classroom Program 
sponsored by Little Caesars 
Pizza of Roanoke VA. Bill 
teaches middle-school 
science at Community 
School, a private school in 
Roanoke. A former zookeeper 
and forestry worker, Hunley 
said his high school biology 
teacher at Lord Botetourt 
High School inspired him to 
become a teacher. 


Fishersville VA teaches a 
developmental and diagnostic 
reading course at MBC. She 

The Mapy Baldwin College Maoa 

Nelson Gets Her Slice of the Pie 

by Rebecca R . MiUer 

"I'm not going to deliver pizzas. 1 have a college education," Liz 
Bender '91 indignantly told her older brother. He had suggested 
that the job would pay her bills while she looked for work after 
college. Although the IS-year-old PEG graduate eventually took 
her brother's advice, she had no idea at the time that she was 
launching a career. 

Within three months, Nelson became assistant manager of 
the Clarksville, Tennessee, Papa John's pizza franchise and, nine 
months later, the manager. Plus, Nelson turned a profit in her 
store, which had been losing money. 

Now the manager of the third most profitable Papa John's 
Pizza store (located near Vanderbilt University in Nashville) in 
the national corporation and 1996 Rookie Manager of the Year, 
Nelson isn't scoffing anymore. 

"If someone had told me when I was in college that I'd be 
managing a pizza business, I'd have said, 'No thanks,'" said 
Nelson, who majored in economics and minored in business. "But 
the money amazes me." 

She thrives on the challenges of the job. Typically working 
from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except for weekends when she sometimes 
stays until midnight), Nelson splits her time between 
administrative tasks and "working in the trenches," taking orders 
and making pizzas. This fall, she has taken on more responsibility, 
since her store contracted to sell concessions at Vanderbilt 
University's stadium. 

"At the Rolling Stones concert, we made 1,700 pizzas in five 
and a half hours," Nelson said. 

But that was nothing compared to Nelson's toughest day, on 
Valentine's Day weekend 1994, when a major ice storm hit. 

"The store roof leaked and started to flood," said Nelson. "I 
was supposed to be celebrating my anniversary, but we had to 
cancel because of the weather. I went to the store to check on 
things. By that time, my assistant manager had cleaned things up 
and opened." 

"One of the things I've learned in this business is that if it 
snows, people don't want to cook," explained Nelson. "We made 
150 pizzas per hour that day." 

"People were so thankful that they didn't care how long it 
took to deliver them. Electricity was out, so drivers were dodging 
tree limbs and trying to see addresses in the dark." 

Nelson faces less dramatic, but significant challenges on a 
daily basis because of her age. She was the youngest manager in 
the company when she began at age 19. Now 24, Nelson said, "It 
was really hard when I first realized that I was supervising 45-year- 
olds. But I've never had serious problems, mainly because I started 
out as a driver, and my employees respect that." 

"Also, when I was younger, I would have to explain how it was 
that I was only 1 8 but had already graduated from college," Nelson 
added. "People assume that PEG students are some sort of child 
prodigies, and that helps." 

For now. Nelson plans to continue with Papa John's with an 
eye toward becoming a district manager and perhaps eventually 
pursuing an M.B.A. 

"If," she said, "I can find the time." 


One Woman Show: ANNE MCCLUNG '84 ADP 
Librarian at the Goshen, VA, Public Library 

Anne McClung '84 ADP does it all at the public library in 
Goshen, VA. She selects new books, trains patrons to use the 
Internet, circulates books, coordinates children's programs 
and shelves books. "I even vacuum, wash windows and sweep 
the sidewalks," says Anne, "whatever has to be done, because 
I'm it." Anne is the sole staff member of the library, which is 
open four days a week and is one of four branches of the 
Rockbridge Regional Library. She was featured in the 
"Lifestyle" section of the Lexington Neu;s-Ga?:ette in July 1997 
in an article detailing her innovative ways of satisfying her 
diverse patrons. "We only have 2,000 volumes in our one- 
room library, but we have computers for our patrons, and 
we're on-line." The library has its own homepage and a 
"History of Goshen" photo site linked to the Rockbridge 
Regional Library's Internet homepage. 

"We don't have a lot of physical space, but we don't let 
that hamper us," says Anne. "If our patrons need a book that 
we don't have on the shelves, we can get it in a few days." 
Anne has worked out a delivery system with the Rockbridge 
Regional Library, located over 20 miles away in Lexington. 

In February, the Rockbridge Board of Supervisors voted 
to move the Goshen Library to a larger, more accessible site 
in downtown Goshen. "We have so many progtams going on 
that the bigger space will really help us better serve the 
community," says Anne. 

Anne offers a children's story and craft time several 
times a month, and many local college students use the 
library's computers and reference matetials. Patrons often 
stop by just to chat and read the local newspaper, and Anne 
greets most of them by name. The small town's community 
spirit is evident in the library, which was established in 1989. 
The top of the book shelves serves as a display area for 
intricate doUhouses made by a local craftsman. Photographs 
of Goshen at the turn of the century and prints of historical 
sites, donated by local artists, line the library walls. Breezes 
coming through the library's screen door and the rumbles of 
the CSX railway trains only 40 feet away both add to the 
small town ambiance. 

At home, Anne raises cattle and thoroughbred horses on 
a farm near Lexington. She is also writing a novel based on 
her farming experiences. She says she was attracted to the 
Goshen Library position because it gives her balance. "It 
gives me some intellectual activity to balance out all the 
brawny things 1 do. It's a challenge, but I like trying to meet 
the needs of our diverse community." 

earned her MAT in curriculum 
and instruction at the 
University of Virginia, where 
she is pursuing a Ph.D. 


Roanoke VA earned her 
licensure as a certified 
financial planner in 1997. 
Patricia, who has been a 
certified trust and financial 
advisor since 1995, is vice 
president in charge of 
fiduciary services with First 
Union National Bank in 

JUDY MOORE '95 is working 
on her graduate degree at 
Virginia State University in 
Petersburg VA. She received 
an Editors Choice Award from 
the National Library of Poetry 
in Owings Mills MD for her 
poem "PS, I Love You." She 
is also beginning work on a 
new novel. 


Richmond VA is preparing for 
the MAT exam and has 
applied to VCU graduate 
school. She hopes to earn a 
degree in special education 
for emotionally disturbed 


Richmond VA is completing 
her student teaching in the 
Staunton area, as well as 
holding a position as a 
residence life coordinator in 
the Program for the 
Exceptionally Gifted at Mary 


BETTY CARR of Charlotte NC died on Thursday, December 
4, 1997. Affectionately known by the MBC community as 
"B.C.," Betty served as director of Mary Baldwin food ser- 
vices for 40 years, from 1943 to 1983. She supervised a 
group of nearly 40 student waitresses, who served two sit- 
down meals each day. The students became so close, they 
formed their own sorority/alumnae group, the "Eta Betas." 
Ms. Carr became known across campus and in Staunton for her original, tasty 

Ms. Carr graduated from Central High School in Charlotte. She attended 
Queens College and graduated from the University of Alabama. Upon retirement 
from MBC, she returned to Charlotte. She w/as a member of the Westminster 
Presbyterian Church and Circle 6. Memorial contributions may be made to 
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 101 Colville Road, Charlotte, NC 28207. 

LYNN POLASKO Lesko '97 of 

Chester VA is working toward 
her second B.A. at MBC in 
business administration. 

LINDA Mccormick '97 of 

Charlottesville VA joined the 
administrative faculty at the 
University of Virginia in 


of Virginia Beach VA has one 
son, Matthew William, 1. 



'79 and David: a son, Austin 

Waters Wingfield, September 6, 



and James: a daughter, Madeline 

McKenzie, April 3, 1997. 


Robinson '84 and Joe: a son, 

Harrison Asbury, October 4, 



Barlow '84 and George III: a 

daughter, Emily, December 3, 



and Chris: a daughter, Eleanor 

Grace, September 15, 1997. 


'87 and Ehc: a daughter, Shelby 

Elizabeth, September 10, 1997. 


and Scott: a son, Jonathan 

Harford, August 23, 1997. 

ANDREA OLDHAM Anderson '89 

and Calvin: a son, David Chapin, 

March 16, 1997. 

SUSAN WILSON Boydoh '89 and 

Bob: a son, Robert Jackson, 

October 28, 1997. 

TALLEY WARNER Carroll '92 and 

Dan: a daughter, Margaret Reed, 

December 2, 1997. 

JOY BIGALKE Chien '92 and 

Stanfield: a son, Cortland 

Alexander, October 20, 1997. 

GABRIELA PEREZ-Foster '92 and 

Paul: a son, Sean Gregory, 

December 30, 1997. 

WENDY KLICK Satchell '92 and 

Scott; a son, Spencer Grayson, 

May 1, 1997. 

MONTY KING '94: a son, Colton 

Montgomery, September 13, 


TANYA WHITE Deyo '95 ADP and 

Dirk: a son. Kirk Maverick Chance, 

November 19, 1997. 



to Henry Dwyer on October 4, 



Donald H. Petersen on October 4, 


BETTY DAVIS Crump '74 to 

Walter L. Anderson, Jr. on October 

24, 1997. 


Mark Downey Hagan on November 

22, 1997. 


to Jeffrey A. Boldt on October 25, 



Giles Jones on September 6, 



Daryl Scott Irby on November 22, 


TIFFANY TAYLOR '92 to Ralph 

Davis Stroud on November 29, 



Charles Matthew von Isenburg on 

September 20, 1997. 

MITZI LESHER '95 to Troy 

Thomas on October 25, 1997. 


Thacker Worthen on June 14, 


CAMALA BEAM '96 to Robert 

Carter Kite on October 12, 1996. 

MICHELLE ANDRE '96 to William 

J. Kreiger on September 6, 1997. 


FRANCES DANBY Williams '15, 

January 21, 1981. 

RUTH MOWERY Marler '24, 

October 31, 1997. 


'28, December 6, 1997 


October 27, 1997 

ELIZABETH YOUNG Jennings '34, 

May 1997 

SUE BURR Cook '37, November 

16, 1997 

CARY BRYAN Boyd '45, 

December 26, 1997 

ANN MERIWETHER Goodson '45, 

November 30, 1997 


'48, April 8, 1979 


Davis '51, November 15, 1997 


MATILDA BELCHER Swicegood '33 



JUDITH VOGT Englehardt '63 , 


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chapters in action 

The Mary Baldwin College Atlanta Alumnae 
Chapter awoke from hibernation last fall with a 
cocktail party at the home of Meredith Mansfield 
'97 on October 24. Fifty-two people met to re- 
connect with MBC, other alumnae and friends. 
MBC staff updated local alumnae about college 
events, career opportunities and admissions 
information. Several Atlanta vendors donated 
fabulous door prizes for the event. Camille 
Shearouse '93 won a crystal bowl from Tiffany 
& Company, and Laurie Holbrook Hardwick '64 
received a gift certificate to Spa Sydell. Leslie 
Lewis Cranberry '84 won a gift certificate to 
Atlanta's culinary hot spot. Canoe. 


MBC staff and members of the MBC Alumnae 
Association Board of Directors take a break 
outside duhng the January Executive Commit- 
tee meeting in Columbia, SC. 

The Columbia Alumnae Chapter rolled out the 
red carpet for the MBC Alumnae Board of Di- 
rectors Executive Committee in January with a 
cocktail party at the home of John and Kathy 
Ballew Bowen '78. Pictured (l-r) are MBC Alum- 
nae Association President Sue Warfield Caples 
'60, MBC President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson, MBC 
Trustee Charlotte Jackson Berry '51, and John 
and Kathy Bowen. Over 55 alumnae and par- 
ents attended the event. 

Anita Thee Graham '40 and Charlotte Jackson 
Berry '51, two former MBC Alumnae Associa- 
tion presidents, welcomed the Executive Com- 
mittee during their January meeting in Colum- 
bia. On January 17, Joe and Charlotte Jack- 
son Berry '51 (MBC Trustee) hosted a wine 
and cheese at their home. 


Over 50 area alumnae and friends of MBC 
enjoyed a Sunday performance of Puccini's 
Madame Butterfly as a part of the Richmond 
Alumnae Chapter series of events. The group 
was treated to a pre-performance lecture and 
an intermission reception in the Patrons Room. 
The opera was presented by the Virginia Op- 
era at the Carpenter Center. The event was 
organized by Richmond Alumnae Chapter Steer- 
ing Committee member Amy Bridge '86. 

The Richmond Alumnae Chapter hosted a day 
trip to Williamsburg, VA, to hear Carolyn J. 
Weekley '67 give a presentation on Abby 
Aldrich Rockefeller and her folk art collection. 
Ms. Weekley is director of the Abby Aldrich 
Rockefeller Folk Art Center and Museum. The 
group toured the museum and had lunch at 
the Williamsburg Lodge. 

Cindy Tatian '95 ADP concentrates on open- 
ing a bottle of champagne at the Richmond 
ADP Champagne Tasting. Cindy's husband 
Harry Tatian conducted the MBC-sponsored 

Members of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter 
shared a Sunday afternoon in January at The 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. MBC Assistant 
Professor of Art Dr. Sara Nair "Sally" James 
'69 presented her paper "The Collector, The 
Collection and The Exhibition" about the paint- 
ings and decorative arts of the Warner Collec- 
tion. Nearly 50 alumnae and friends toured 
the exhibit. Here, members of the Class of 
1973 join a current Richmond ADP student. 


Over 35 Roanoke area alumnae and friends 
enjoyed cocktails at the home of John and Sue 
Ellen Butler Rocovich '67. Those attending in- 
cluded (l-r) Reid Garst, Alumnae Board Presi- 
dent-elect Judy Lipes Garst '63, Robin 
Hammerstrom '94 ADP, Jim Hammerstrom, 
Nan Mahone '78, MBC Trustee John Rocovich 
and Sue Ellen Butler Rocovich '67. 

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The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter hosted their 
monthly Lunch Bunch in January. Alumnae at- 
tending the luncheon at D.J.'s Restaurant in- 
cluded (l-r) Jo Ann Thacker West '53, Harriett 
Middleton Waldrop '48, MBC Alumnae Board 
member Cyndi Phillips Fletcher '80, Alumnae 
Board President-elect Judy Lipes Garst '63, 
Nancy Buston Downs '56 and Nancy McMullan 
Pauley '58. 

ADP alumnae/i Hope Hughson '96, John E. 
Carter '97 and Connie Carter '97 served as 
panelists during an event sponsored by the 
Roanoke ADP Regional Center and the MBC 
Office of Alumnae Activities. Diane Kent, di- 
rector of MBC's Rosemarie Sena Center for 
Career & Life Planning, spoke on "Tips for 
Career Advancement" before the panel discus- 

Roanoke area ADP alumnae/i and current ADP 
students attended a "Tips for Career Advance- 
ment" seminar at the Roanoke Regional ADP 



y ij^ , 


On October 10, the Staunton-Valley Alumnae 
Chapter held a cocktail party at the home of 
Cindy Matthews Roberts '95 ADP. The event 
was a success with 29 people in attendance. 
Chapter Co-Chair Sylvia Baldwin '76 prepared 
her famous crab dip — a Staunton favorite. In 
the spirit of the event, other fabulous dishes 
were prepared by Staunton alumnae. 

On November 12, 1997 the Staunton-Valley 
Chapter and the Office of Alumnae Activities 
hosted a fall community tea in Hunt Dining Hall 
on the Mary Baldwin campus. There were 32 
alumnae and friends in attendance. Pictured 
from left to right are: Mary Lou Moffitt Knorr 
'38, Carrie "Jackie" Tarkington '49, Virginia 
"Ginny" Gochenour Reid '44, Heline Cortez 
Harrison '48, Patricia Holbert Menk, profes- 
sor emerita of history, and Marjorie Chambers, 
professor emerita of religion and philosophy. 



August 23, 1997 
Atlanta's 6th Annual 
Commonwealth of Virginia Party 
MBC contact; Courtney Bell '89 


August 30, 1997 
Day at the Races 


October 4, 1997 

Barbecue Picnic 

MBC contact: 

Martha Bowen Sarcone '79 


October 19, 1997 

5th Annual Taste of Virginia 


November 16, 1997 
Virginia Mixer 


February 14, 1998 

XIV Commonwealth Day 

MBC contact: Anita Thee Graham '50 


March 7, 1998 
Virginia Schools 
Post Mardi Gras Party 


Tom and Martha Grafton and their daugh 
ter Margo Hughes on Dec. 17, 1997, eel 
ebrating the Grafton's 65th wedding anni 
versary. They were married in Waynesborc 
on Dec. 17, 1932, in Martha's sister'i 


The Mary Baldwin College Magazi 

end papers 

Janet Lembke is the author of 1 hooks. Her most recent is Shake Them Simmons Down, published by Lyons 
& Burford Press , 1 996 . She is currently hard at work on her next book , which will be titled Despicable Species. 

The Road to Ruin 

;y Janet Lembke, Adjunct Instructor of English 

"You've ruined my Ufa," Eddie says when he calls. 
"Reading's not fun anymore, or watching TV. I'm 
analyzing everything." 

"Good," I tell him. 

The road to Eddie's ruin is ENG 1 18L, Introduction 
to Creative Writing. At least, that's how the catalogue 
designates the course that I teach as an adjunct faculty 
member in Mary Baldwin's Adult Degree Program, 
though, I am not sure that "teach" is the right word. 
"Guide" or "mentor" might be more appropriate. My 
ADP course is based on workshop methods, combining 
information and hands-on practice. But it also includes 
a hodgepodge of other components, like custom-design 
— a brand new deal for every taker — and a continuing 
effort to keep the lines of communication open. It also 
features considerable thumb-twiddling on the part of 
both guide and student, and fluent but ineffectual cussing 
of the U.S. Postal Service. 

My work starts when a student signs up for my class. 
While that student may live in Charlottesville, the far 
side of Richmond, or — given the nature of ADP — 
virtually anywhere, my own year is divided between 
Staunton and the coast of North Carolina. Mainly we 
work through mail (many professors also use e-mail). At 
the beginning, however, we do sit down together and 
talk. The meeting gives us that necessary chance to 
learn what each expects of the other, to lay out an 
agenda and a timetable, and most important, to establish 
a connection that is something more than words on 
paper or disembodied voices on the phone. And we'll 
get together at least once again, midway through the 10 
sessions or near the end. 

The course is meant to immerse each student as 
deeply as possible in the writing process that culminates 
in a written project. Improve writing skills for other 
courses? Try something new for the fun of it? Dethrone 
Mary Higgins Clark or Stephen King?The course can be 
tailored to individual aspirations. But willy-nilly it 
contains some fixed elements. Working so far only with 
writers of essays or short fiction (poets, where are you?), 
I've focused each session on a particular aspect of prose, 
like description, narrative, dialogue, or characterization. 

And for each session the writer is asked to read handouts 
on topics ranging from allegory to zingers, hand in the 
latest segment of a daily journal, complete a relevant 
two- or three-page assignment, and go crazy for 10 or 15 
minutes. (It's not easy to go crazy all by yourself, but 
more about that in a trice.) The course reaches its grand 
hurrah not with an exam but in a full short story or essay, 
six to 20 pages, on a theme of the student's choice. 

One of the ADP's great advantages, the greatest 
perhaps, is that the students are adults. They've kicked 
around in the world long enough to know what they 
want and why they want it. They understand self- 
discipline. Often they're willing to work hard not just to 
complete the requirements but to excel. I count on that 
willingness to help us through the sloughs and arid 
stretches so that we may eventually reach our goal. The 
going can get rough. 

English 118L is not, for example, intended as a 
course in composition or in grammar, spelling, and 
mechanics. But some students, though they sign up to 
polish story-telling skills, are woefully unprepared to 
handle the English language. Their tales are lively, their 
imagery fresh, but they have no knowledge whatsoever 
about the use of capitals and the punctuation of dialogue, 
not to mention more grievous matters like fragments 
and run-ons. Nor do they bother with the spell-check 
function of their word-processing programs. I recommend 
grammars and dictionaries. I construct written 
explanations of these faults and how to rectify them for 
very session. Hopeless! My only recourse is to use the 
two-by-four of a low grade. 

But this is a minor problem in comparison to the 
capriciousness of the USPS. When the ponies are lame 
or the snails run more slowly than usual, it will take as 
long as a week for an assignment to wend its way from, 
say, Richmond to the Carolina coast, and another week 
for my response to reach the student. This situation is 
not, however, entirely without remedy. I make sure that 
the student has on hand instructions not only for the 
current session but for the next two. Then, as soon as 
one assignment goes in the mail, work on the next may 
begin right away. The student can also ease the tensions 

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of delay by agreeing to send out work in a timely fashion — 
every Thursday, for example. Not everyone, alas, is capable of 
self-supervision. But we make it through as long as we've 
started promptly and given ourselves room to complete the 
course within Mary Baldwin's generous timetable. 

The great problem is isolation. In a classroom, people 
interact, sparks fly, ideas soar and sometimes crash, words sing 
and spit. And shared craziness, the craziness I mentioned 
earlier, is part of the learning game. Each session features 
timed impromptu exercises that tap into hidden resources of 
creativity so that a word-flow rises bubbling to the page and, 
more important, so that new writers learn to trust their 
instincts rather than letting their perfectionist editor-selves 
get in the way. It soon happens that no one feels foolish, not 
even on being shown a paper bag — rustled, rattled, opened, 
peered into, and quickly shut — and asked to spend the next 
15 minutes writing on its history, its friends and enemies, its 
future, or anything else it may suggest, from school lunches to 
sad sacks and old bags. These impromptus do more than help 
people to find words in unexpected places; they join a disparate 
group in trust and intimacy, laughter and sometimes tears. 

But imagine sitting all by your lonesome and being asked 
to write about the paper bag that has fallen out of the envelope 
holding handouts, commentary, and assignment sheets. The 
impromptu may seem an exercise in silliness. But if it's 
approached with openness, even in solitude, it will work to 
free ideas and words. One reason for meeting before the course 
begins is so that the very first impromptu is accomplished 
under reassuring circumstances: 1 write, too, and we share the 
sober or giddy results out loud. Several of my by-mail students, 
finding the impromptus fun, have sent in splendidly loony 
responses; others resist, and for them, the exercises are called 

Of far greater consequence is the fact that any student in 
a correspondence course is cut off from classroom stimulation. 
There's no one but me to bounce ideas off of, no one but me 
to point out the good work and suggest how the sometimes 
dreary rest of it might be improved. 1 have no answer to this 
problem. But Susan solved it for herself by enrolling her 
mother as the other member of the class — someone with 
whom she could share ideas, exercises, readings, and answers 
to questions posed in the handouts. Mom sent in assignments, 
journal segments, and impromptus faithfully, even during a 
two-week visit to England — twice as much work for me, yes, 
but worth doing for the benefits accruing to her daughter. 

Why teach against such obstacles? Why scramble and 
fight and sigh with despair? I honor my students for making 
almost superhuman efforts. If the efforts fail, I take some 
blame. But the point is what it's always been: ruin. And I 
succeed if minds are opened to new, not always comfortable, 
perceptions. I know from experience — and hard-working, 
risk-taking students like Eddie will not fail to learn — that this 
kind of ruin becomes as necessary to a whole life as food and 


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Spring 1998 • The Mary Baldwin College Magazine 


Mary Baldwin Receives $1 Million 
Charitable Annuity Trust 

Lyle and Dorothea Koogler have 
bequeathed to Mary Baldwin Col- 
lege a charitable annuity 
trust valued at $1 mil- 
lion. The couple, who live 
in Stuarts Draft, VA, pre- 
sented MBC with 30,000 
shares of stock in the form 
of a trust that will even- 
tually be used to fund 
scholarships for MBC 
students from the coun- 
ties of Augusta and 
Rockbridge, VA, and the communi- 
ties therein. The Edward Lyle 
Koogler Memorial Scholarship Fund 
is named for the Koogler's late son. 
The Koogler's daughter, Theresa 
(Terry) K. Southerington, is a 1972 
graduate of MBC who currently 

serves on the MBC faculty as 
professor of theatre. Her husband 
Frank is a professor of English at 
Mary Baldwin, and her brother Sam 
Koogler is active in MBC theatre 

"Because we have all been so 
involved with Mary Baldwin 
College for such a long time, my 
parents feel they are part of the 
college community," said Terry 
Southerington. "And because they 
feel so close to the college, they are 
happy to further its mission with a 
gift of this kind." 

Under the terms of the trust, 
the Kooglers will receive a stipend 
from money earned on the shares 
throughout their lifetimes. Mary 
Baldwin will inherit the principal. 

the income from which will be used 
to endow the scholarship fund. 

"It is particularly gratifying to 
receive a gift of this magnitude from 
supporters who are here in the local 
area and who have known Mary 
Baldwin College for a long time 
through close family ties," said MBC 
President Dr. Cynthia H. Tyson. 
"Such generosity from those who 
know us well expresses great 
confidence in Mary Baldwin and 
her future." 

For information about how a 
charitable annuity trust can benefit 
both the giver and Mary Baldwin 
College, call the Mark Atchison, 
vice president of institutional 
advancement at540'887'70l I . 

Do You Know How Mary Baldwin Compares With Other Women's Colleges For Giving? 






















Smith College 

Randolph-Macon Woman's College 

Hollins College 

Sweet Briar College 

Mary Baldwin College 

It's time to help Mary Baldwin advance in this ever competitive world. Let's show our sister schools what we can do. 

Support the Annual Fund, and don't forget the Countdown to 2,000 Challenge. Any increase you give over last year will be 
matched by our anonymous donor, so stretch when you send in your annual donation. 

Mary Baldwin needs your help! Support the Annual Fund. 








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